(725 ILCS 105/10)
(from Ch. 38, par. 208-10)
Powers and duties of State Appellate Defender.
(a) The State Appellate Defender shall represent indigent persons on
appeal in criminal and delinquent minor proceedings, when appointed to do so by
a court under a Supreme Court Rule or law of this State.
(b) The State Appellate Defender shall submit a budget for the
approval of the State Appellate Defender Commission.
(c) The State Appellate Defender may:
(1) maintain a panel of private attorneys available
to serve as counsel on a case basis;
(2) establish programs, alone or in conjunction with
law schools, for the purpose of utilizing volunteer law students as legal assistants;
(3) cooperate and consult with state agencies,
professional associations, and other groups concerning the causes of criminal conduct, the rehabilitation and correction of persons charged with and convicted of crime, the administration of criminal justice, and, in counties of less than 1,000,000 population, study, design, develop and implement model systems for the delivery of trial level defender services, and make an annual report to the General Assembly;
(4) hire investigators to provide investigative
services to appointed counsel and county public defenders;
(5.5) provide training to county public defenders;
(5.7) provide county public defenders with the
assistance of expert witnesses and investigators from funds appropriated to the State Appellate Defender specifically for that purpose by the General Assembly. The Office of the State Appellate Defender shall not be appointed to act as trial counsel;
(6) develop a Juvenile Defender Resource Center to:
(i) study, design, develop, and implement model systems for the delivery of trial level defender services for juveniles in the justice system; (ii) in cases in which a sentence of incarceration or an adult sentence, or both, is an authorized disposition, provide trial counsel with legal advice and the assistance of expert witnesses and investigators from funds appropriated to the Office of the State Appellate Defender by the General Assembly specifically for that purpose; (iii) develop and provide training to public defenders on juvenile justice issues, utilizing resources including the State and local bar associations, the Illinois Public Defender Association, law schools, the Midwest Juvenile Defender Center, and pro bono efforts by law firms; and (iv) make an annual report to the General Assembly.
(e) The requirement for reporting to the General Assembly shall be
by filing copies of the report with the Speaker, the Minority Leader and
the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the President, the Minority
Leader and the Secretary of the Senate and the Legislative Research
Unit, as required by Section 3.1 of the General Assembly Organization
Act and filing such additional copies with the State Government Report
Distribution Center for
the General Assembly as is required under paragraph (t) of Section 7 of the
State Library Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-78, eff. 7-20-15.)