Friday, January 4, 2008
A court-appointed criminal defense attorney filed his claim for compensation 54 days after the representation had concluded. There is a statute that provides that the claim must be filed within 45 days. The trial judge nonetheless approved payment. The Iowa public defender sought and obtained review of the payment order.
The Iowa Supreme Court held today that the court exceeded its authority in ordering compensation. The claim for payment is extinguished if not timely filed. (Mike Frisch)