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AI- 6242   4. B. 1.    
Commissioners Court - Special Meeting
Meeting Date: 04/28/2015  
Indigent Defense Extraordinary Disbursement Grant application
Submitted By: Natalie Eckstrom, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

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RECOMMENDATION
Discuss and consider the submission of an application for the Extraordinary Disbursement Grant Program of the Texas Indigent Defense Commission.
BACKGROUND
The Texas Indigent Defense Commission (TIDC) was created to allow the state courts system to collaborate with local courts and counties to improve indigent defense services available in the counties’ courts. Pursuant to Texas Government Code §79.037, the Commission makes payments, including grants, to counties to provide indigent defense services. The following pages provide eligibility information, conditions for funding and procedure for submission to determine whether reimbursement of certain expenses is appropriate for the Commission.
DISCUSSION
"Extraordinary Disbursement" means funding to reimburse a county for actual extraordinary expenses for providing indigent defense services in a case or series of cases (Texas Administrative Code §173.102). Any county may seek reimbursement for actual expenses for providing legal services to an indigent criminal defendant or juvenile respondent in a case or series of cases resulting from an atypical event in the county. These funds are available for direct litigation expenses only (attorney fees, investigation expenses, expert witness expenses, and other litigation expenses).

The Ryan and Heather Sanders’ case was one such “extraordinary” expense for Nueces County with a cost of $167,687.10. The County will seek reimbursement in this case from TIDC.

Budget Information
Information about available funds
Budgeted: Funds Available: Adjustment: Amount Available:
Unbudgeted: Funds NOT Available: Amendment:
Account Code(s) for Available Funds
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Fund Transfers

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Indigent Defense Extraordinary Disbursement Grant application

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