§ 12-15-1 Office created
§ 12-15-2 Appointment and term of public defender
§ 12-15-3 Duty to represent indigent defendants
§ 12-15-4 Office facilities
§ 12-15-5 Powers to accept grants and bequests
§ 12-15-6 Assistant defenders
§ 12-15-7 Appropriations for expenses
§ 12-15-8 “Indigent defendants” defined
§ 12-15-9 Eligibility for assistance
§ 12-15-10 Confidential nature of financial statement
§ 12-15-11 Penalty for false representation

Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws > Chapter 12-15

  • Advice and consent: Under the Constitution, presidential nominations for executive and judicial posts take effect only when confirmed by the Senate, and international treaties become effective only when the Senate approves them by a two-thirds vote.
  • 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.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Bequest: Property gifted by will.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • oath: includes affirmation; the word "sworn" includes affirmed; and the word "engaged" includes either sworn or affirmed. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-11
  • person: extends to and includes co-partnerships and bodies corporate and politic. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-6
  • Public defender: Represent defendants who can't afford an attorney in criminal matters.