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N.C. Indigent Services following in S.C.’s footsteps  (access required)

South Carolina tried to roll out a contract-based system for court-appointed work several years ago, and now its neighbor to the north is following suit. N.C. Indigent Defense Services is gearing up for a major change in the way it works with court-appointed attorneys throughout the state. Instead of appointing lawyers to individual cases and paying case-specific fees, IDS plans to begin entering into flat-rate monthly contracts for court-appointed work. S.C.’s Commission on Indigent Defense attempted to start a contract system for court-appointed work in Charleston County about four years ago. Budget concerns stalled the effort shortly after requests for proposals were issued, said T. Patton Adams, the agency’s executive director.

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