600.011. The following words and phrases as used in this chapter have the following meanings, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) “Assigned counsel” means private attorneys who are hired by the state public defender director to handle the cases of eligible persons from time to time on a case basis;

(2) “Chief deputy director” means the attorney appointed by the commission to assist the state public defender director and to exercise the duties and powers of the director in his absence or upon his resignation;

(3) “Commission” means the public defender commission;

(4) “Defender(s)” includes both attorneys which serve as staff attorneys in the state defender system and assigned counsel who provide defense services on a case basis, but does not include secretarial, investigative, social service, or paraprofessional staff;

(5) “Director” means the state public defender director;

(6) “Eligible person” means a person who falls within the financial rules for legal representation at public expense prescribed by section 600.086;

(7) “State public defender system” means a system for providing defense services to every jurisdiction within the state by means of a centrally administered organization having a full-time staff.

(L. 1982 H.B. 1169)

Effective 4-1-82