All data is current as of 2013, unless otherwise noted.
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How the right to counsel is administered and structured
Branch of government: executive
The Kansas State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services (BIDS) is a statewide, state-funded commission administratively housed in the state’s executive branch. The Board itself is composed of nine members, each selected by the governor (with consent of the senate).
BIDS has a central administrative office responsible for overseeing and implementing its policies. BIDS’ authority at the trial level, however, is limited to felonies and appeals.
Counties maintain the responsibility for funding and administering right to counsel services on behalf of defendants in adult misdemeanor and juvenile delinquency matters.
How the right to counsel is funded
Percentage of local funding: 26%
Percentage of alternative funding: 0%
The methods used to provide public counsel
Though some public defender offices handle each other’s conflicts (mostly in serious felonies), the majority of conflict representation is handled through judicially controlled assigned counsel panels, with BIDS obligated to pay the amount authorized by the local judge. Such an arrangement often leads to the most egregious abuses of judicial interference, because judges can assign cases to friends or campaign contributors without being financially beholden locally for their actions.
Kansas Statutes Annotated, §§ 22-4519 through 22-4529
Source of data: original research conducted by Sixth Amendment Center staff, augmented by the American Bar Association, State, County and Local Expenditures for Indigent Defense Services: Fiscal Year 2008, November 2010.