Legal Services for Indigent Defendants in County Court - Denver County Court RFP-CM-COURT-201312193

Denver County Court » RFP-CM-COURT-201312193

The information below is a summary of solicitation number RFP-CM-COURT-201312193 posted by Denver County Court.  As a reminder, this solicitation is closed and responses are no longer being accepted.

Legal Services for Indigent Defendants in County Court

Date Issued: 08/20/2013

Deadline: 09/16/2013  prior to 5:00 PM   M.D.T.

Requisition Number:

Delivery Point: Denver CO

Delivery Date: January, 2014

Type of Purchase: Term: 2 one year extensions

Construction Related: No

Type of Response Allowed: Hard Copy Only

Issuing Agency: Denver County Court

Using Department: Administration

Special Notices: All or None Award
Insurance Required
Prevailing Wage Required

ACCEPTING VENDOR QUESTIONS:

Due Date: 8/30/2013 3:00:00 PM M.D.T.

Primary Contact Name: Ms. Terrie Langham

Title: Court Administrator

Email: terrie.langham@denvergov.org

SUMMARY OF SPECIFICATIONS:

SCOPE OF LEGAL SERVICES The legal services set forth in this Request are outlined in paragraphs 1-8 below. 1. The successful Proposer shall provide to the Court the services of at least four (4) full-time and one half-time trial attorneys, duly licensed and authorized to practice law in Colorado, to represent indigent defendants who are charged with municipal ordinance offenses in three trial courtrooms (currently, Courtrooms 3F, 3G, and 3H) of the the Court on a full-time basis, Monday through Friday. Courtrooms 3F, 3G, and 3H are high-volume courtrooms with thousands of dispositions and approximately 70 jury trials and 70 trials to the Court per year. In accordance with C.R.S. § 21-1-103(b), the successful Proposer shall not act as advisory counsel. The successful Proposer shall also represent Juveniles in custody on state and city charges who do not have parents appearing or available in proceedings in Juvenile courtroom 4F and represent indigent Juveniles in mental health proceedings. The successful Proposer shall also provide legal services to indigent homeless individuals for a special docket administered by the Court monthly to handle any outstanding municipal criminal matters. Services include but are not limited to representing indigent clients identified as appropriate by homeless shelters or other entities; presenting and discussing plea agreements on outstanding municipal cases; and appearing with clients in court to reach disposition on cases. The successful Proposer shall also provide legal services to defendants in the Court to Community Program, (or its successor specialty court), a specialized mental health docket. Services include providing counsel to defendants and presenting program information to those who appear eligible for admission into the program. Defense counsel gives legal guidance beginning with the acceptance process through plea, sentence, and court reviews. Services also include attending staffing session with Court to Community team members. At any given time, there are about 35 participants in the program. 2. At its own expense, the successful Proposer shall furnish all intake, secretarial and administrative services, legal research, investigative services, office space and supplies, capital equipment, discovery costs, and all other services reasonably necessary to provide professional legal representation. 3. The successful Proposer shall provide all training and supervision of attorneys it successful Proposers necessary to furnish professional legal representation. The successful Proposer shall designate a lead/supervising attorney for these purposes. The lead/supervising attorney will be responsible for coordinating full-time coverage of the designated courtroom assignments, and will function as the primary backup attorney, act as the primary liaison with the Court, and will be available upon reasonable notice to confer with the Presiding Judge, the trial judges, and magistrates regarding legal representation being provided in the courtrooms. 4. The lead/supervising attorney will assume full responsibility for the quality and quantity of the legal representation in the courtrooms. The lead/supervising attorney must be physically present in the courtrooms to observe and provide supervision to the attorneys regularly assigned to the courtrooms at all times deemed necessary by the Presiding Judge. At the Court’s sole discretion, personal observations and supervision could be required more often during the initial period of the contract. In addition, the lead/supervising attorney will be responsible for identifying potential conflicts of interest, arising during the performance of the contract, and immediately referring the matter to the Presiding Judge's office for direction. 5. The successful Proposer shall diligently make all reasonable efforts to determine whether an applicant meets indigence requirements to be eligible for court appointed counsel. The criteria for determining a defendant's eligibility for the services of successful Proposers, including indigency requirements are identical to those criteria for determining eligibility for representation by the state public defender, as set out in C.R.S. § 21-1-103, and elsewhere, as the same may be amended. In the event that the successful Proposer, after having been appointed on the record to represent an individual charged with violation of certain municipal ordinance offenses, obtains information that an individual did not meet such indigency requirements at the time of application for court appointed services, or obtains information that an individual has become ineligible for court appointed services because he or she no longer meets such indigency requirements, then the successful Proposer shall request to withdraw from representing that individual. 6. The successful Proposer shall represent any indigent defendants upon appeal of any case for which the successful Proposer provided representation in the trial court, if, in the professional judgment of the successful Proposer and in conformance with the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct, such appeal is merited. 7. The successful Proposer shall provide a status report to the Presiding Judge and the Court Administrator on a quarterly basis, including the total number of defendants represented together with the number of arraignments, trials to the court, jury trials, dispositional hearings, suppressions hearings, revocation hearings, other instances of representation handled by the successful Proposer in each courtroom per working day for the quarterly period, and any other information as requested by the Presiding Judge.  8. The successful Proposer shall provide all other legal services necessary and appropriate to representing defendants as requested by the Court. 

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