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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 3.16 Legal Services

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Chapter 3.16
Legal Services

Sections:

3.16.010 Public Defender Bureau--Director and assistants--Duties.
3.16.020 Public Defender Bureau--When services discontinued.
3.16.030 Legal Aid Bureau--Director and assistants--Duties.
3.16.040 Bureau directors may be one person.
3.16.050 Public Defender and Legal Aid Advisory Board.
3.16.060 Bureau reports.

City Counselor Ops.: 8178, 8585, 8769, 9362

3.16.010 Public Defender Bureau--Director and assistants--Duties.

There shall be in the Department of Welfare the Public Defender Bureau which shall be headed by a director appointed by the Director of Welfare. The Director of the Public Defender Bureau may appoint assistants and subordinates as may be necessary to carry out the duties and functions prescribed. The Director of the Bureau shall be an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of Missouri for at least three years prior to his appointment. The Director of the Bureau shall have charge and supervision of the office and work of the Bureau. The functions of the Public Defender Bureau shall be:

A. To provide legal services for any poor person financially unable to procure necessary legal services when accused of committing a state felony, state misdemeanor or an ordinance violation;

B. To provide or obtain such investigatory and other services necessary for a complete defense of any such poor person;

C. To provide the legal and other services mentioned above at all stages of the proceedings necessary fully to advise and protect any such poor person;

D. To cooperate with assigned counsel, voluntary legal aid or defender associations and other interested in the defense of any such poor person. The Director may procure assistance as investigators in such work from advanced law students authorized by the various law schools as a part of their curriculum to participate in such work.
(Ord. 56467 1, 1973: prior Ord. 52735 1, 1964: Ord. 49758 1, 1959: 1948 C. Ch. 2 81(a): 1960 C. 186.010.)

V.A.M.S.:

600.010 et seq. Public defenders

3.16.020 Public Defender Bureau--When services discontinued.

Public defender services provided in state felony, state misdemeanor, or City ordinance violation under Section 186.010 shall be discontinued for a given class of violation when the state of Missouri shall adequately provide for and fund a state public defender system which provides legal services for such class of violation.
(Ord. 56467 2, 1973.)

V.A.M.S.:

600.010 et seq. Public defenders

3.16.030 Legal Aid Bureau--Director and assistants--Duties.

There is established in the Department of Welfare the Legal Aid Bureau which shall be headed by a director appointed by the Director of Welfare. The Director of the Bureau is authorized to appoint assistants and subordinates as may be necessary to carry out the duties and functions prescribed. The Director of the Bureau shall be an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of Missouri for at least three years prior to his appointment. The Director of the Bureau shall have charge and supervision of the office and work of the Bureau. The functions of the Legal Aid Bureau shall be to provide legal aid to all worthy people of the City, who, because of their financial inability to pay therefor, are unable to procure necessary legal aid or services. Aid may be furnished by the Bureau, either without charge or with such slight charge as the Director of Welfare may from time to time prescribe or approve.
(Ord. 49758 1, 1959: 1948 C. Ch. 2 81(b): 1960 C. 186.020.)

3.16.040 Bureau directors may be one person.

The Director of Welfare may appoint one director to head both the Public Defender Bureau and the Legal Aid Bureau and this director shall be an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of Missouri for at least three years prior to his appointment.
(Ord. 49758 1, 1959: 1948 C. Ch. 2 82: 1960 C. 186.030.)

City Counselor Ops.: 8414

3.16.050 Public Defender and Legal Aid Advisory Board.

There shall be a Public Defender and Legal Aid Advisory Board which shall consist of seven persons who shall be appointed by the Mayor. In making the appointments, the Mayor shall give consideration to representation from the following organizations and institutions; Mound City Bar Association, Bar Association of St. Louis, The Lawyers Association of St. Louis, Washington University School of Law, and St. Louis University School of Law. The Board shall advise the Director of Welfare on matters pertaining to the Public Defender Bureau and Legal Aid Bureau. The members shall be residents of the City and shall serve without compensation.
(Ord. 52735 2, 1964: 1960 C. 186.040.)

3.16.060 Bureau reports.

The Director or Directors of the Public Defender Bureau and Legal Aid Bureau shall prepare and furnish to the Advisory Board and to the Board of Aldermen reports on the activities of the bureaus at such times and in such detail and on such subjects as either the Advisory Board or the Board of Aldermen may require.
(Ord. 52735 2, 1964: 1960 C. 186.050.)

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