UAC has a vacancy on the Indigent Defense Funds Board that needs to be filled by a commissioner, council member or county executive of a county that participates in the fund. This includes all counties with the exception of Salt Lake, Utah, Weber, Summit and Wasatch. Below are duties of the board. If you would be interested in serving, please contact Brandy Grace by July 31st.
77-32-402. Duties of board.
(1) The board shall:
(a) establish rules and procedures for the application by counties for disbursements, and the screening and approval of the applications for money from the:
(i) Indigent Inmate Trust Fund established in Part 5, Indigent Inmates; and
(ii) Indigent Capital Defense Trust Fund established in Part 6, Indigent Capital Defense Trust Fund;
(b) receive, screen, and approve or disapprove the application of counties for disbursements from each fund;
(c) calculate the amount of the annual contribution to be made to the funds by each participating county;
(d) prescribe forms for the application for money from each fund;
(e) oversee and approve the disbursement of money from each fund as provided in Sections 77-32-502 and 77-32-601;
(f) establish its own rules of procedure, elect its own officers, and appoint committees of its members and other people as may be reasonable and necessary; and
(g) negotiate, enter into, and administer contracts with legal counsel, qualified under and meeting the standards consistent with this chapter, to provide defense counsel services to:
(i) indigents prosecuted in participating counties for serious offenses in violation of state law; and
(ii) an indigent inmate who is incarcerated in certain counties.
(2) The board may provide to the court a list of attorneys qualified under Utah Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rule 8, with which the board has a preliminary contract to defend indigent cases for an assigned rate.