Fifth Judicial District - Department of Correctional Services

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TITLE: Legal Assistance For Field Services

POLICY

The District has available for its use the Iowa Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Office to advise on certain District policies, individual cases, interpret case law, and to represent the District as necessary before the courts and other appropriate bodies. The County Attorney’s Office in each county of the judicial district represents the District in court regarding hearings and other legal processes in individual offender’s cases. Offenders may hire their own defense attorney or may apply to the court for court appointed counsel, in cases of indigence.

PROCEDURES

The District Director, one of the Assistant District Directors, or the Division Manager, following the District Director’s instructions, will contact the Iowa Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, to seek assistance in those instances where the District needs legal assistance formulating agency policy, advise on individual cases, interpretation of case law, and representation before the courts or other appropriate bodies. The District will follow the legal advice given by the Office of the Attorney General. The County Attorney’s Office in each county of the judicial district represents the District in criminal court regarding evidentiary or revocation hearings and other legal processes in individual offender’s criminal cases. Offenders seeking counsel should be referred to the Yellow Pages to seek an attorney listed there if they are able to pay for the services. Those offenders who are indigent and need legal representation in a criminal matter should go to the courthouse where their criminal case emanates and ask the Clerk of Court to fill out an application for court appointed attorney or contact the State Office of the Public Defender, Lucas State Office Building, Fourth Floor, 321 East 12th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319 (515-242-6158).

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