How many cases will I get?
Attorneys certified to take SPD appointments are called on a rotational basis. Attorneys may accept or decline cases offered when they are contacted. There is no minimum number of cases that you must take. However, it is recommended that attorneys take enough cases to make their work efficient and effective for the client, the courts, and the attorney. Case availability varies greatly by county. Attorneys should contact the local office to discuss how many cases they might expect to be offered.
How do I become certified to take appointments?
There are several levels of certification that are based on the attorney’s interest and experience. Basic certification requires only that the attorney requests certification and that the attorney is licensed in Wisconsin. You can request certification by completing an application for certification.
What types of cases can new attorneys receive?
As a new attorney you are eligible for certification in several case types. Basic certification allows you to take misdemeanor cases. This can be anything from driving without a license to battery. If you have had coursework in appellate practice you can be certified for appellate cases. New attorneys can also be provisionally certified for juvenile cases and probation/parole revocation matters.
How do I bill and get paid?
Attorneys generally submit their bills at the conclusion of the representation. All bills are submitted using our online billing system. When you become certified, ACD will send you a username and password for your online billing site. Attorneys should review the billing rules and policies before undertaking representation.
What training is available?
The SPD puts on training on various criminal law related topics throughout the year. There is an annual conference each fall that provides multiple tracks of programs on all aspects of public defender work. The agency also offers training that is required to take specialized case types. The training provided by the SPD is offered at a very low cost.
Who do I contact if I have more questions?