IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

IN AND FOR PASCO AND PINELLAS COUNTIES, FLORIDA

 

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO.  2005-040 PA/PI-CIR

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RE:  INDIGENT STATUS

 

            Effective July 1, 2005, section 27.52, Florida Statutes, is revised to modify the statutory provisions for an initial determination of indigent status by the Clerk of Court for the appointment of a public defender.  Newly-created section 57.082, Florida Statutes, provides for an initial determination of indigent status by the Clerk of Court regarding the appointment of a private attorney in eligible civil matters and relief from prepayment of civil costs and fees for civil litigants other than inmates.  Both sections provide a process for review of indigent status by the Court.

 

            Furthermore, section 27.52, Florida Statutes, provides for direct review by the Court of any application of a criminal defendant to be found indigent for costs only.  

 

            On June 30, 2005, the Supreme Court approved and adopted two forms entitled “Application for Criminal Indigent Status” and “Application for Determination of Civil Indigent Status” for use by the Clerk of Court and authorized the Chief Judge to prepare instructions for use of the approved forms.

 

            Therefore, in order to provide notice to litigants and to provide a process for challenging the Clerk of Court’s denial of indigent status where applicable, it is

 

ORDERED:

 

            1.  Where a designation of indigent status is sought pursuant to section 27.52, Florida Statutes, for the appointment of a public defender, the Clerk of Court shall attach to the Application for Criminal Indigent Status the disclosure required by Rules Regulating the Florida Bar 10-2.1(a).  Further, in cases where indigent status is denied, the Clerk of Court shall attach to the application the “Request for Court Review of Clerk’s Determination of Non-Indigence for Appointment of Public Defender,” attached hereto as “Exhibit A.”

 

            2.  Where a designation of indigent status is sought pursuant to section 57.082, Florida Statutes, the Clerk of Court shall attach to the Application for Determination of Civil Indigent Status the disclosure required by Rules Regulating the Florida Bar 10-2.1(a).  Further, in cases where indigent status is denied, the Clerk of Court shall attach to the application the “Petition for Court Review of Clerk’s Determination of Non-Indigence for Appointment of Counsel and Relief From Prepayment of Costs for Civil Litigants,” attached hereto as “Exhibit B.”

 

            3.  Where a designation of indigent status is sought pursuant to section 27.52, Florida Statutes, seeking indigent status as to costs only, section 27.52, Florida Statutes, provides that such request shall be submitted directly to the Court without initial review by the Clerk.  However, the applicant is still required to make such request using the Application for Criminal Indigent Status.  Also, where the applicant is represented by counsel, he or she must attach an affidavit attesting to the estimated amount of attorney’s fees and the source of payment for such fees.   The form “Motion to be Determined Indigent for Costs Pursuant to section 27.52(5), Florida Statutes,” attached hereto as “Exhibit C,” may be used for submitting such a request.  

               

Also, in the event that the Court finds the applicant indigent for costs, the Clerk shall provide a copy of the Court’s order to the applicant or his or her attorney for use in requesting payment of due process expenses through the Justice Administration Commission.

 

            4.  When the Clerk of Court in Pinellas County receives a request for review of the denial of indigent status in civil, family or probate cases, the Clerk shall provide the request with the supporting affidavit to the duty judge.

 

                 When the Clerk of Court in Pinellas County receives a request for review of the denial of indigent status in felony and misdemeanor criminal cases, or a request for a determination by the Court of indigent status for costs only in such cases, the Clerk shall provide the request with the supporting affidavit(s) to the Criminal Administrative Judge.

 

                When the Clerk of Court in Pinellas County receives a request for review of the denial of indigent status in a dependency or delinquency case, the Clerk shall provide the request with supporting affidavit to the Uniform Family Court Administrative Judge.

 

                When the Clerk of Court in Pinellas County receives a request for review of the denial of indigent status in a traffic case filed at the North or South County Traffic Court, the Clerk shall provide the request with the supporting affidavit to the presiding judge in the North or South County Traffic Court.

 

            5.  When the Clerk of Court in Pasco County receives a request for review of the denial of indigent status in any matter, or a request for a determination by the Court of indigent status for costs in a criminal matter, the request shall be provided to the assigned section judge.

 

            Administrative Order 2004-046 PA/PI-CIR is hereby rescinded.

           

            DONE AND ORDERED in Chambers at St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida this _____ day of July 2005.

 

                       

                                                                                    ______________________________                                                                                                David A. Demers, Chief Judge

 

cc:        All Judges

            The Honorable Bernie McCabe, State Attorney

            The Honorable Robert H. Dillinger, Public Defender

            The Honorable Ken Burke, Clerk of Court, Pinellas County

            The Honorable Jed Pittman, Clerk of Court, Pasco County

            Carol Heath, Director, Court Services Division, Pinellas County Clerk’s Office

            Betty Henderson, Assistant Court Services Director, Pasco County Clerk’s Office       

            Gay L. Inskeep, Trial Courts Administrator

            Kerry L. Rice, Deputy Court Administrator, Pasco County

            Bar Associations, Pasco and Pinellas Counties

            Law Libraries, Pasco and Pinellas Counties                  

 

“Exhibit A”

 

In the Circuit/County Court, Sixth Judicial Circuit

in and for Pasco/Pinellas County, Florida

Criminal Division

 

                                                                                   

State of Florida                                             Ref. No:   ________________________

                                                                                    UCN:   ________________________                                   

       vs                                                             

 

______________________

Defendant

SPN:

Request for Court Review of Clerk’s Determination

of Non-Indigence for Appointment of Public Defender

 

1.  {To be completed by the Clerk} The Clerk of Court has determined that you are not indigent because:

 

______     You own, have equity, or have the expectancy of an interest in personal

or real property with a net equity value of at least $2,500, excluding        

your homestead and one vehicle not exceeding $5,000 in value.

______     Your income exceeds 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.

______     Other _______________________________________________

 

2.  {To be completed by the Defendant if review requested} You may request that the Court review the Clerk of Court’s denial of indigent status at the next scheduled hearing.  If no hearing is scheduled, or if you need services prior to the next scheduled court hearing and you cannot afford such services, you may still request review of the denial of indigent status.  To make such a request, you must notify the Clerk by marking the appropriate statement below:     

 

______     I hereby request review by the Court of the denial of indigent status at

                 my next scheduled hearing.

 

______     I hereby request review by the Court of the denial of indigent status

prior to my next scheduled hearing because I need services prior to the      

next scheduled hearing or because no hearing is scheduled.

                       

Reason for requesting Court review: 

 

            ______     I am unable to pay for the services of an attorney without substantial

                             hardship to my family because_______________________________

                             _______________________________________________________.

            ______     Explain other reasons: ______________________________________

                             _________________________________________________________

                             _________________________________________________________.

 

Please mark one:

 

      I  ____have   ____  have not been released on bail in the amount of $5,000 or more.

 

      I  ____have   ____  have not had a bond posted.  If you have had a bond posted, list the type and who paid the bond _____________________________________________.

 

Under penalties of perjury, I declare that the facts stated above are true.

 

                                                                ________________________________

                                                                Defendant

 

                                                                PRINT Full Legal Name:___________________

                                                                Address:________________________________

                                                                Driver’s License # or ID #__________________

                                                    Date of Birth:____________________________

                                                                Telephone:______________________________

 

If a clerk or deputy clerk helped you fill out this form, he or she must fill out the blank below.

This form was completed with the assistance of___________________________, Clerk/Deputy Clerk.

 

If another nonlawyer helped you fill out this form he/she must fill in the blanks below:

I( full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer)___________________________

a nonlawyer, located at (street)______________________________________________ (city)____________________ (state)________ (phone)__________________________  helped ______________________________ fill out this form.  

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COURT’S FINAL DETERMINATION OF INDIGENT STATUS

 

 

______   Defendant is indigent              _______  Defendant is not indigent

               Appoint Public Defender                                    Withdraw Public Defender

 

 

Date: __________________                           _____________________________                                                                                                  Judge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Exhibit B”

 

In the Circuit/County Court, Sixth Judicial Circuit

in and for Pasco/Pinellas County, Florida

Civil Division

                                                                                   

______________________

______________________                                   Ref. No:    _____________________

Plaintiff                                                             UCN:   _____________________                                                                                         

         vs.

_____________________

_____________________

Defendant

 

Petition for Court Review of Clerk’s Determination of

Non-Indigence for Appointment of Counsel and Relief

 From Prepayment of Costs for Civil Litigants

 

1.  {To be completed by the Clerk} The Clerk of Court has determined that you are not indigent because:

 

______     You own, have equity, or have the expectancy of an interest in personal

or real property with a net equity value of at least $2,500, excluding your homestead and one vehicle not exceeding $5,000 in value.

______     Your income exceeds 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.

______     Other _______________________________________________

 

2.  {To be completed by the Defendant if review requested}You may request that the Court review the Clerk of Court’s denial of indigent status by filing a petition with the Court.  You will not be charged a filing fee to file this petition.  If you wish to file such a petition, please indicate below:

 

______     I hereby request review by the Court of the denial of indigent status.

 

Reason for requesting Court review: 

 

______     I am unable to pay for the services of an attorney or other fees and

     costs without substantial hardship to my family because__________

                             _______________________________________________________

                             _______________________________________________________                                              _______________________________________________________.

            ______    Explain other reasons: _____________________________________

                           ________________________________________________________.

                     

3.  Are you represented by a private attorney?   Yes______     No ______ (if no, skip to

the signature line)

 

     When did you retain private counsel?   ______

 

     Is private counsel representing you for free?   Yes ___(if yes, skip to signature line)   

     No  _______          

                 

     What is the amount of attorney’s fees and who is paying them?  _________________

       ___________________________________________________________________.

 

 

Under penalties of perjury, I declare that the facts stated above are true.

 

                                                            ________________________________

                                                            Applicant

 

 

                                                            PRINT Full Legal Name: ____________________

                                                            Address: __________________________________

                                                            Driver’s License # __________________________

                                                Date of Birth:______________________________

                                                            Telephone: ________________________________

 

If a clerk or deputy clerk helped you fill out this form, he or she must fill out the blank below.

This form was completed with the assistance of___________________________, Clerk/Deputy Clerk.

 

If another nonlawyer helped you fill out this form he/she must fill in the blanks below:

            I( full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer)___________________________

a nonlawyer, located at (street)______________________________________________ (city)____________________ (state)________ (phone)__________________________  helped ______________________________ fill out this form. 

 

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COURT’S FINAL DETERMINATION OF INDIGENT STATUS

 

_____   Applicant is indigent                      _____  Applicant is not indigent

 

            _____   Appoint Counsel

 

            _____   Waive Prepayment of Fees and Costs          

 

 

Date: __________________                           _____________________________                                                                                                  Judge

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Exhibit C”

 

In the Circuit/County Court, Sixth Judicial Circuit

in and for Pasco/Pinellas County, Florida

Criminal Division

 

                                                                                                                                   

State of Florida                           

        Ref No:    __________________________

            vs.                                                       UCN:    __________________________        

                                                                       

_______________________

Defendant

SPN:

 

Motion to be Determined Indigent for Costs Pursuant to

 section 27.52(5), Florida Statutes

 

            1.         I, ______________________ (Defendant’s name), file this Motion requesting that I be found indigent for costs and eligible for the provision of due-process services in this matter.  In support of my motion, I attach the following documents:

 

a.         Application for Criminal Indigent Status.

 

b.         [If represented by counsel] Affidavit Attesting to the Estimated Amount of Attorney’s Fees and Source of Payment for Fees.

 

2.         I applied for a determination of indigent status for the appointment of a public defender.                _____  Yes                  _____  No

 

                        If yes, the outcome of that application was _________________________

                        ___________________________________________________________.

 

            3.         I am proceeding pro se.  _____ Yes                 _____   No

                       

            4.         I have retained private counsel.  _____  Yes   _____  No

                       

                        If yes, this is the amount of fees and who is paying such fees.                                         ____________________________________________________________

           

5.         I have been released on bail in the amount of $5,000 or more.

              ____ Yes  _____ No

 

6.         A bond has been posted on my behalf.  ____  Yes     _____  No

           

If yes, this is the type of bond and who paid it: 

            ____________________________________________________________

 

7.                  Paying for due process services will create a substantial hardship on me

            and/or my family because

___________________________________________________________            ___________________________________________________________.

 

 

                                                            ________________________________

                                                            Defendant

 

                                                            PRINT Full Legal Name: ____________________

                                                            Address: __________________________________

                                                            Driver’s License # or ID # ____________________

                                                Date of Birth: ______________________________

                                                            Telephone: ________________________________

 

If a clerk or deputy clerk helped you fill out this form, he or she must fill out the blank below.

This form was completed with the assistance of___________________________, Clerk/Deputy Clerk.

 

If another nonlawyer helped you fill out this form he/she must fill in the blanks below:

 I( full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer)__________________________

a nonlawyer, located at (street)______________________________________________ (city)____________________ (state)________ (phone)__________________________  helped ______________________________ fill out this form. 

 

 

COURT’S FINAL DETERMINATION OF INDIGENT STATUS FOR COSTS

 

 

_____  Defendant is Indigent                            _____  Defendant is Not Indigent

 

 

 

Date:  __________________                          __________________________

                                                                                    Judge