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New Contract Approved for Defense of Indigents

November 12, 1998

LOS ANGELES — The Board of Supervisors has approved a new contract with a unit of the Los Angeles County Bar to represent indigent defendants in criminal cases.

The contract includes a pay raise for the 460 attorneys who work in the Indigent Criminal Defense Assn., representing defendants in cases in which the public defender and alternate public defenders have conflicts.

Those attorneys have been without a raise since 1986. Their contract expired last week after negotiations with the county broke down.

For the past week, individual judges had appointed defense attorneys for the poor who could not otherwise be represented.

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