By Terry Kovarik
Door County says court-appointed attorneys need better compensation for representing defendants who aren’t poor enough for a public defender and not able to afford their own legal counsel. The Door County Legislative Committee approved a resolution asking the state to increase the per-hour compensation for private defense attorneys appointed by courts. Door County District Attorney Colleen Nordin says the hope is to increase the pool of potential defense attorneys and ease costs to counties.
Similar resolutions asking for increased compensation for court-appointed attorneys have been adopted by at least eight other Wisconsin counties.