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Posted on: October 23, 2023

Local Attorneys: Serve Your Community as Private Defense Counsel

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Private defense attorneys looking to give back to the community are encouraged to serve as panel attorneys in Humboldt County’s Court-Appointed Attorney Program (HCAAP). 

Through this important program, private attorneys represent public clients when defendants’ cases cannot be handled by either the Humboldt County Public Defender or Conflict Counsel, primarily due to conflicts of interest, such as when either agency has already represented or currently represents a co-defendant in another case involving the client. 

Defense attorneys who serve in this capacity ensure Humboldt County residents receive fair treatment under the law, regardless of their client’s financial circumstances.

Attorneys with interest in serving as private defense attorneys with this program must submit an application, available online by visiting the Humboldt County Court Appointed Attorney Program’s application webpage. Local defense attorneys with interest in giving back to the community are highly encouraged to apply.

Once attorneys are approved through the application process, their names are added to a panel, which lists the attorneys available for assignment. Attorneys are then notified when clients need representation and staff works to match attorneys up with cases.

For more information regarding the Humboldt County Court Appointed Attorney Program, including rates and billing procedures, please visit the HCAAP webpage the or contact the County Administrative Office at or call 707-445-7266. 

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