Iowa

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All data is current as of 2013, unless otherwise noted.
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How the right to counsel is administered and structured

State commission: none
Branch of government: executive

The Iowa Office of the State Public Defender is a statewide, state-funded executive branch agency that oversees representation services in all 99 counties for appeals, felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile delinquency and dependency cases.

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How the right to counsel is funded

Percentage of state funding: 100%
Percentage of local funding: 0%
Percentage of alternate funding: 0%

The methods used to provide public counsel

The Iowa State Public Defender Office provides most direct services through 20 branch offices, with each office staffed by full-time attorneys and support staff. The agency also contracts with more than 1,000 private attorneys and several nonprofit organizations throughout Iowa to provide court-appointed representation in counties without public defender offices and in conflict matters.

Legal authority

Iowa Constitution, art. 1, § 10

Iowa Code, §§ 13B.1 through 13B.12 (public defenders), and §§ 815.1 through 815.14 (indigent defense compensation and fees)

Source of data: original research conducted by Sixth Amendment Center staff.