Friday, May 25, 2012
The Iowa State Public Defender refused to pay a court-appointed guardian ad litem for 6.3 hours of travel time to attend court proceedings. The travel was necessary after a change of venue that had resulted from the death of the ward's parent.
The Iowa Court of Appeals rejected the Public Defender's contention that it was not obligated to pay the guardian and ordered the $378 payment. (Mike Frisch)