2011 ORS § 135.055¹
Compensation and expenses of appointed counsel

(1) Counsel appointed pursuant to ORS 135.045 (Court appointment of counsel) or 135.050 (Eligibility for court-appointed counsel) shall be paid fair compensation for representation in the case:

(a) By the county, subject to the approval of the governing body of the county, in a proceeding in a county or justice court.

(b) By the public defense services executive director from funds available for the purpose, in a proceeding in a circuit court.

(2) Except for counsel appointed pursuant to contracts or counsel employed by the public defense services executive director, compensation payable to appointed counsel under subsection (1) of this section:

(a) In a proceeding in a county or justice court may not be less than $30 per hour.

(b) In a proceeding in a circuit court is subject to the applicable compensation established under ORS 151.216 (Duties).

(3)(a) A person determined to be eligible for appointed counsel is entitled to necessary and reasonable fees and expenses for investigation, preparation and presentation of the case for trial, negotiation and sentencing. The person or the counsel for the person shall upon written request secure preauthorization to incur fees and expenses that are not routine to representation but are necessary and reasonable in the investigation, preparation and presentation of the case, including but not limited to nonroutine travel, photocopying or other reproduction of nonroutine documents, necessary costs associated with obtaining the attendance of witnesses for the defense, investigator fees and expenses, expert witness fees and expenses and fees for interpreters and assistive communication devices necessary for the purpose of communication between counsel and a client or witness in the case. Preauthorization to incur a fee or expense does not guarantee that a fee or expense incurred pursuant to the preauthorization will be determined to be necessary or reasonable when the fee or expense is submitted for payment.

(b) In a county or justice court, the request must be in the form of a motion to the court. The motion must be accompanied by a supporting affidavit that sets out in detail the purpose of the requested expenditure, the name of the service provider or other recipient of the funds, the dollar amount of the requested expenditure that may not be exceeded without additional authorization and the date or dates during which the service will be rendered or events will occur for which the expenditure is requested.

(c) In a circuit court, the request must be in the form and contain the information that is required by the policies, procedures, standards and guidelines of the Public Defense Services Commission. If the public defense services executive director denies a request for preauthorization to incur nonroutine fees and expenses, the person making the request may appeal the decision to the presiding judge of the circuit court. The presiding judge has final authority to preauthorize incurring nonroutine fees and expenses under this paragraph.

(d) Entitlement under subsection (7) of this section to payment for fees and expenses in circuit court is subject to the policies, procedures, standards and guidelines adopted under ORS 151.216 (Duties). Entitlement to payment of nonroutine fees and expenses is dependent upon obtaining preauthorization from the court, if the case is in county or justice court, or from the public defense services executive director, if the case is in circuit court, except as otherwise provided in paragraph (c) of this subsection and in the policies, procedures, standards and guidelines adopted under ORS 151.216 (Duties). Fees and expenses shall be paid:

(A) By the county, in respect to a proceeding in a county or justice court.

(B) By the public defense services executive director from funds available for the purpose, in respect to a proceeding in a circuit court.

(C) By the city, in respect to a proceeding in municipal court.

(4) Upon completion of all services by the counsel of a person determined to be eligible for appointed counsel, the counsel shall submit a statement of all necessary and reasonable fees and expenses of investigation, preparation and presentation and, if counsel was appointed by the court, a statement of all necessary and reasonable fees and expenses for legal representation, supported by appropriate receipts or vouchers and certified by the counsel to be true and accurate.

(5) In a county or justice court, the total fees and expenses payable under this section must be submitted to the court by counsel or other providers and are subject to the review of the court. The court shall certify that such amount is fair reimbursement for fees and expenses for representation in the case as provided in subsection (6) of this section. Upon certification and any verification as provided under subsection (6) of this section, the amount of the fees and expenses approved by the court and not already paid shall be paid by the county.

(6) In a county or justice court, the court shall certify to the administrative authority responsible for paying fees and expenses under this section that the amount for payment is reasonable and that the amount is properly payable out of public funds.

(7) In a circuit court, the total fees and expenses payable under this section must be submitted to and are subject to review by the public defense services executive director. The public defense services executive director shall determine whether the amount is necessary, reasonable and properly payable from public funds for fees and expenses for representation in the case as provided by the policies, procedures, standards and guidelines of the Public Defense Services Commission. The public defense services executive director shall pay the amount of the fees and expenses determined necessary, reasonable and properly payable out of public funds. The court shall provide any information identified and requested by the public defense services executive director as needed for audit, statistical or any other purpose pertinent to ensure the proper disbursement of state funds or pertinent to the provision of appointed counsel compensated at state expense.

(8) If the public defense services executive director denies, in whole or in part, fees and expenses submitted for review and payment, the person who submitted the payment request may appeal the decision to the presiding judge of the circuit court. The presiding judge or the designee of the presiding judge shall review the public defense services executive directors decision for abuse of discretion. The decision of the presiding judge or the designee of the presiding judge is final.

(9) The following may not be disclosed to the district attorney prior to the conclusion of a case:

(a) Requests and administrative or court orders for preauthorization to incur nonroutine fees and expenses in the investigation, preparation and presentation of the case; and

(b) Billings for such fees and expenses submitted by counsel or other providers.

(10) Notwithstanding subsection (9) of this section, the total amount of moneys determined to be necessary and reasonable for nonroutine fees and expenses may be disclosed to the district attorney at the conclusion of the trial in the circuit court.

(11) As used in this section unless the context requires otherwise, counsel includes a legal advisor appointed under ORS 135.045 (Court appointment of counsel). [Formerly 135.330; 1979 c.867 §1; 1981 s.s. c.3 §§122,123; 1985 c.502 §19; 1985 c.710 §2; 1987 c.606 §4; 1987 c.803 §§14,14a; 1989 c.1053 §2; 1991 c.724 §25; 1991 c.750 §8; 1993 c.33 §297; 1995 c.677 §1; 1995 c.781 §39; 1997 c.761 §9; 1999 c.163 §8; 1999 c.583 §1; 2001 c.962 §§26,107; 2003 c.449 §§5,43]