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MSPD Contracting: General Overview
REQUEST FOR CONTRACT COORDINATOR PROPOSALS CANCELLED:
On Friday, June 28, the Governor announced $400 million in statewide budget restriction. For the public defender system, that meant $1.4 million of its FY14 Budget has been restricted. Given that restriction, we have to eliminate the contract coordinator positions previously posted for RFP. The August 9 date for opening submitted RFP's is hereby cancelled and no RFP's will be accepted or reviewed at this time.
If the restricted funds should be released later in the fiscal year, we will re-evaluate and may re-open the bidding process. Should that happen, a new announcement will be made and new schedule for bids posted.
The Missouri State Public Defender (MSPD) uses a private attorney contract program that includes both regional Contract Coordinators and Panel Attorneys.
Contract Coordinators: Regional Contract Coordinators, who are private attorneys, assist MSPD in assigning cases to Panel Attorneys to provide representation in indigent defense criminal cases within their designated region at the trial, appellate, and post-conviction levels. Contract Coordinators are responsible for overseeing the contract case assignment function and monitoring the quality of panel attorney representation.
Panel Attorneys: Attorneys wishing to be eligible to receive contract cases from MSPD may apply to be Panel Attorneys in one or more regions of the state. If qualified and accepted as a Panel Attorney, the attorney will be asked to enter into a one-year Memorandum of Agreement with MSPD setting out the expectations under which cases are assigned and accepted. Thereafter, the Contract Coordinator will begin assigning cases in accordance with the Memorandum. This role replaces our previous private counsel contracts and assignments.
Click on the following link for more information concerning Panel Attorney opportunities.
Private Attorneys Seeking Litigation Expenses from MSPD on Private Cases
MSPD will consider covering some litigation expenses for indigent defendants where private counsel undertakes representation either as pro bono counsel or when directly appointed by order of the court pursuant to the Public Defender's Caseload Rule limiting the number of cases a district office can take in a given month. To see if your client is eligible for such litigation expenses, please see the request form linked below and, if qualified, please return same to Daniel Gralike as instructed on the form.
Click this link for the form Pro Bono Attorney Requests for Litigation Expenses.