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Cluster Court: Standing Order for Appointment and Compensation of Attorneys

The Courts have determined that a structured set of guidelines for the appointment and compensation of attorneys involved in Cluster Court cases is needed. The importance of properly handling these matters is clear from both counsel and judicial points of view.

In most instances, the parents and children involved with this part of the judicial system have no alternative course of action available to them.  The attorneys who agree to work within this system serve a great public service and should be reasonably compensated for that service.  Balancing that is the need for all involved to be good and faithful stewards of the resources that have been entrusted to us. As stated in the attached Standing Order, no fixed schedule can adequately anticipate the needs of clients, the actions involved in competent and zealous representation and the requirements for ethical conduct.

Appointed attorneys fees make up the single largest budget item for both district judges.  As such, we, the district judges, have a duty to be faithful stewards of that fund. Click below to access the Standing Order.