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WCA Testifies Before Supreme Court in Opposition of Increased of Rates for Court-Appointed Attorneys
- Posted on May 16, 2018
Request to Deny Petition 17-06
On May 16, 2018, WCA testified before the Wisconsin Supreme Court in opposition to increased rates for court-appointed attorneys, citing that such an increase would be "financially devastating for cash-strapped counties struggling to provide state-mandated services in an era of growing service demands and reduced revenues."
WCA requested that the justices deny petition 17-06, which would amend Supreme Court Rule 81.02. The petition would make the following changes:
1. Increase the hourly rate for court-appointed attorneys from $70 per hour to $100 per hour and index hourly compensation rates annually for inflation.
2. Any compensation less than $100 per hour would be deemed unreasonable.
3. Prohibit flat fee contracting.
Read the full testimony to the Wisconsin Supreme Court on May 16, 2018 from WCA Government Affairs Associate Marcie Rainbolt here.