Changes to Indigent Defense in Tennessee

31 August 2011 Categories: All Blogs, Family Law and Divorce

The Tennessee Supreme Court is considering a rule change that would allow attorneys and law firms to contract with the State of Tennessee to provide legal services for the poor at a fixed rate. The current process allows the private attorneys appointed to indigent clients to bill the State at an hourly rate up to a certain amount, depending on the type of case. That rate is usually $40 an hour for out of court work and $50 an hour for in court work. The changes, if accepted, will definitely have an impact on the way attorneys can handle indigent claims in the State of Tennessee.

The Tennessean has an article with more details.

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