Trumbull County will contract with state to provide attorneys for indigent defendants

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Trumbull County will contract with state to provide attorneys for indigent defendants

Six more employees are hired

by: Nadine Grimley

Posted: May 5, 2021 / 6:01 pm EDT
Updated: May 5, 2021 / 6:01 p.m. EDT

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Trumbull County’s officers have decided to sign a contract with the Ohio Public Defender’s Office to provide legal representation to defendants who cannot afford to.

Starting July 1, the Ohio Public Defender’s Office will represent needy defendants in the county courts for local, juvenile, and general cause of action.

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For the past two years the office has only provided services to clients at the municipal level.

Officials say this move will benefit both customers and the county financially.

“It will save us money. It’s only $ 82,000 compared to hundreds of thousands of dollars the other way, ”said Niki Frenchko, Trumbull County Commissioner.

Elizabeth Miller, associate director of the Ohio Public Defender’s Office, said when cases go from court to court, the services will be the same.

“It will be an advantage because when something is bound by the district court, there is continuity of service and representation. We’ll be able to provide more file continuity on joint claims because we’ve assigned judges to each courtroom, ”Miller said.

The Ohio Public Defender’s Office will recruit six additional positions for expanded service in the Trumbull County Office. These positions include five attorneys and one person supporting the administrative prison.