Chapter 1 State Public Defender
Chapter 2 Public Defenders
Chapter 3 Supplemental Funding for Public Defender Services
Chapter 4 Public Defender Council
Chapter 5 Public Defender Commission
Chapter 6 Public Defense Fund
Chapter 7 County Public Defender Boards
Chapter 8 Miscellaneous Legal Services for Indigents in Criminal Actions

Terms Used In Indiana Code > Title 33 > Article 40 - Public Defenders

  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • board: refers to a board established in an ordinance under section 3 of this chapter. See Indiana Code 33-40-7-2
  • commission: refers to the Indiana public defender commission established by section 2 of this chapter. See Indiana Code 33-40-5-1
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • council: refers to the public defender council of Indiana established by section 2 of this chapter. See Indiana Code 33-40-4-1
  • Court reporter: A person who makes a word-for-word record of what is said in court and produces a transcript of the proceedings upon request.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Fiduciary: A trustee, executor, or administrator.
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
  • Judgment: means all final orders, decrees, and determinations in an action and all orders upon which executions may issue. See Indiana Code 1-1-4-5
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Population: has the meaning set forth in IC 1-1-3. See Indiana Code 1-1-4-5
  • President pro tempore: A constitutionally recognized officer of the Senate who presides over the chamber in the absence of the Vice President. The President Pro Tempore (or, "president for a time") is elected by the Senate and is, by custom, the Senator of the majority party with the longest record of continuous service.
  • Public defender: Represent defendants who can't afford an attorney in criminal matters.
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • Year: means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed. See Indiana Code 1-1-4-5