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Conflict Counsel

In anticipation of statutory requirements to be imposed effective July 1, 2012 and considering the needs of the indigent citizens in our Circuit, the First Judicial Circuit seeks applications from attorneys to serve on the First Judicial Circuit Attorney General Registry of court appointed attorneys for service in all Registry areas of practice and in all First Circuit locations.  In addition to the General Registry, the First Circuit will evaluate the number of applicants, the number of willing applicants, and the number of qualified applicants to serve on a “limited fee registry.”  We will then decide whether it is in the best interest of the First Circuit to establish a “limited fee registry” for use in the areas of Non-Capital Felonies, Misdemeanor Criminal (including Traffic), Juvenile Delinquency, Dependency, and Violations of Probation.    

All attorneys, whether new to the Registry or currently on the Registry, desiring consideration for appointment from a General Registry or a Limited Registry must submit a completed application.

ATTORNEY CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT: To be included on the First Judicial Circuit Court Appointed Attorney Registry, an attorney must complete and submit an application to the Chief Judge pursuant to instructions found in the Court Appointed Counsel Application and Preference Form and the Attorney Certification.   Effective July 1, 2012, in addition to completing the First Judicial Circuit’s Court Appointed Counsel Application and Preference Form, attorneys seeking to be included on any First Judicial Circuit Attorney Registry must certify they meet certain requirements set forth in the Attorney Certification form. (See §27.40(3)(a), Florida Statutes).   When applying to be installed on a First Judicial Circuit Attorney Registry, please complete the Court Appointed Counsel Application and Preference Form and the Attorney Certification. If you are currently an active member on the First Judicial Circuit’s Attorney Registry List (hereinafter “General Registry”) you are required to complete a new Court Appointed Counsel Application and Preference Form and the Attorney Certification form to continue your active status. 

Failure to submit the Attorney Certification form with your application may result in an attorney being made inactive on the registry.

LIMITED REGISTRY: In addition to the General Registry, effective July 1, 2012 the First Judicial Circuit may create a “First Judicial Circuit Court Appointed Attorney Limited Registry” (hereinafter “Limited Registry”) of attorneys established by the Chief Judge pursuant to section 27.40(3)(a).  The Limited Registry will be comprised of registry attorneys who have agreed to accept as full payment the flat fees prescribed in section 27.5304, notwithstanding the provisions of section 27.5304(12), except for cases brought under the RICO Act and capital cases as defined in section 27.5304(a)4.  Pursuant to section 27.40(3)(b), the court must first appoint attorneys from the Limited Registry unless and until it is determined no attorneys on the Limited Registry are available for appointment.  At that time, the court will appoint an attorney from the General Registry. 

LIMITED REGISTRY QUESTIONNAIRE: If you certify you are willing to accept as full payment the flat fees and waive compensation in excess of the flat fees, please complete the Limited Registry Questionnaire and return it to the Chief Judge along with the Court Appointed Counsel Application and Preference Form and the Attorney Certification

All completed applications must be mailed or hand delivered.  No electronic documents will be accepted.  You may mail or hand deliver your Application and Preference Form, Attorney Certification and Limited Registry Questionnaire to:

Administrative Office of the Chief Judge
ATTN: Keri Igney
M.C. Blanchard Judicial Building
190 Governmental Center
Pensacola, Florida 32502

An important part of your service to the First Judicial Circuit includes an understanding of the policies and procedures of the Justice Administrative Commission and of the administrative orders governing due process matters that are entered in the First Judicial Circuit.  Please do a thorough review of these policies, procedures and orders.

For questions regarding the policies and procedures of the Justice Administrative Commission including billing and contract questions, please visit the JAC’s website at www.justiceadmin.org or contact the JAC toll free by dialing (866) 355-7902.

Downloads

Administrative Order No. 2006-26
Administrative Order No. 2005-18
Administrative Order No. 2005-05
Court Appointed Counsel Application and Preference Form and the Attorney Certification
 
Thank you for your consideration and your anticipated service to the citizens of the First Judicial Circuit.