Location: RM 271
Office of Alternate Defense Counsel Presentation
COMMITTEE ON JOINT JUDICIARY
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10:28 AM -- Office of Alternate Defense Counsel Presentation
Ms. Lindy Frolich, Director, Mr. Darren Cantor, Deputy Director, and Mr. Daniel Nunez, Controller/Budget Manager, Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel (ADC), appeared before the committee in accordance with the SMART Act and Joint Rule 25. Committee members received the annual report presentation packet (Attachment C) and a copy of the Powerpoint slide presentation (Attachment D). Ms. Frolich provided an overview of the mission and duties of ADC, and explained how a case involving an indigent defendant might require the services of the office, referencing the Powerpoint presentation.
Ms. Frolich continued to walk the committee through the Powerpoint presentation. She discussed the ADC budget and reported on the office's activities in accordance with the SMART Act. Ms. Frolich responded to questions regarding the rate at which juveniles represented by ADC have been put into detention, and potential conflicts of interest in representing the indigent. Ms. Frolich addressed questions regarding possible age discrimination within the ADC.
Ms. Frolich returned to her presentation and discussed efficiencies to be gained through technology for training and assisting attorneys. Committee members raised questions about the increase in federal filings and causes for this increase. Discussion turned to the rate at which ADC has represented the indigent in Colorado on a per capita basis in recent years in light of the state's population increase.
Ms. Frolich responded to questions regarding ways to interest attorneys to contract with the ADC in rural areas.