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§ 9960.6. Duties

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 16 P.S. Counties

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 16 P.S. Counties (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 4. Other Provisions Concerning Counties
Article Xiiia. Public Defenders (Refs & Annos)
16 P.S. § 9960.6
§ 9960.6. Duties
(a) The public defender shall be responsible for furnishing legal counsel, in the following types of cases, to any person who, for lack of sufficient funds, is unable to obtain legal counsel:
(1) Where a person is charged with juvenile delinquency;
(2) Critical pretrial identification procedures;
(3) Preliminary hearings;
(4) State habeas corpus proceedings;
(5) State trials, including pretrial and posttrial motions;
(6) Superior Court appeals;
(7) Pennsylvania Supreme Court appeals;
(8) Postconviction hearings, including proceedings at the trial and appellate levels;
(9) Criminal extradition proceedings;
(10) Probation and parole proceedings and revocation thereof;
(11) In any other situations where representation is constitutionally required.
(b) The public defender, after being satisfied of the person's inability to procure sufficient funds to obtain legal counsel to represent him, shall provide such counsel.
Every person who requests legal counsel shall sign an affidavit that he is unable to procure sufficient funds to obtain legal counsel to represent him and shall provide, under oath, such other information as may be required by the court, the public defender, or the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure.
(c) The public defender, when appointed by the court, shall furnish legal counsel to persons who are or may be subject to commitment in a proceeding under the act of October 20, 1966 (3rd Sp. Sess., P.L. 96, No. 6),1 known as the “Mental Health and Mental Retardation Act of 1966.”


1968, Dec. 2, P.L. 1144, No. 358, § 6, effective Jan. 1, 1969. Amended 1970, June 22, P.L. 414, No. 137, § 1; 1974, Dec. 10, P.L. 830, No. 277, § 1, effective in 90 days.


50 P.S. § 4101 et seq.
16 P.S. § 9960.6, PA ST 16 P.S. § 9960.6
Current through Act 10 of the 2024 Regular Session. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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