Terms Used In Alabama Code > Title 27 > Chapter 54
- Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
- APPOINTED COUNSEL: Any attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Alabama who is appointed by the court to represent an indigent defendant. See Alabama Code 15-12-1
- Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
- circuit: means judicial circuit. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
- CONTRACT COUNSEL: Any attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Alabama, or a firm, association, corporation, or partnership of lawyers so licensed, executing a contract for the provision of indigent defense services. See Alabama Code 15-12-1
- director: The Director of the Office of Indigent Defense Services. See Alabama Code 15-12-1
- Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
- INDIGENT DEFENDANT: Any person involved in a criminal or juvenile proceeding in the trial or appellate courts of the state for which proceeding representation by counsel is constitutionally required or is authorized or required by statute or court rule, including parents of children during the termination of parental rights hearings, who under oath or affirmation states that he or she is unable to pay for his or her representation, and who is found by the court to be financially unable to pay for his or her representation based on a written findings as further provided below that the person is indigent based on one of the following criteria:
a. See Alabama Code 15-12-1
- INDIGENT DEFENSE SERVICES: Those legal services that are necessary for representation of an indigent defendant. See Alabama Code 15-12-1
- INDIGENT DEFENSE SYSTEM: Any method or mixture of methods for providing legal representation to an indigent defendant, including use of appointed counsel, use of contract counsel, or use of public defenders. See Alabama Code 15-12-1
- NONOVERHEAD EXPENSES: The reasonable expenses incurred during and directly related to an appointed counsel's legal representation of an indigent defendant including, but not limited to, mileage, postage, and reasonable costs of photocopying. See Alabama Code 15-12-1
- office: The Office of Indigent Defense Services. See Alabama Code 15-12-1
- Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
- Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
- TRIAL COURT: Any juvenile, district, or circuit court of the State of Alabama, not including municipal or probate courts of the State of Alabama. See Alabama Code 15-12-1