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Section: Duties of municipal public defender
6. a. It shall be the duty of the municipal public defender to represent, except in the case of temporary unavailability or conflict of interest, any defendant charged with an offense in municipal court who is an indigent municipal defendant entitled to representation pursuant to this act. All necessary services and facilities of representation, including both expert and lay investigation and testimony as well as other preparations, shall be provided in every case. The municipality shall be responsible for payment for services pursuant to this section. The factors of need and real value to a defendant may be weighed against the financial constraints of the municipality in determining the necessary services and facilities of representation. The final determination as to necessity for services required pursuant to this section shall be made by the court. b. A municipal public defender shall be responsible for handling all phases of the defense, including but not limited to discovery, pretrial and post-trial hearings, motions, removals to federal district court and other collateral functions reasonably related to the defense. As used in this subsection, "post-trial hearing" shall not include de novo appeals in Superior Court. c. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to require a municipality to pay for expert and lay investigation or testimony for a period of one year after the effective date of P.L.1997, c.256 (C.2B:24-1 et seq.). L.1997,c.256,s.6.
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