Oregon Statutes - Chapter 419A - Juvenile Code: General Provisions and Definitions - Section 419A.211 - Appointment of counsel.

(1) If the child, ward, youth, youth offender, parent or guardian is determined to be entitled to, and financially eligible for, appointment of counsel at state expense in an appeal as provided in ORS 419A.200 and 419A.208, the court, upon request of the person or upon its own motion, shall appoint suitable counsel to represent the person. Counsel appointed by the court shall be paid compensation determined by the public defense services executive director as provided in ORS 135.055 if the circuit court is the appellate court or as provided in ORS 138.500 if the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court is the appellate court. The court may not substitute one appointed counsel for another except pursuant to the policies, procedures, standards and guidelines of the Public Defense Services Commission.

(2)(a) When the court appoints counsel to represent the child, ward, youth or youth offender, it may order the parent, if able, or guardian of the estate, if the estate is able, to pay to the Public Defense Services Account in the General Fund, through the clerk of the court, in full or in part the administrative costs of determining the ability of the parents or estate to pay for legal services and the costs of the legal and other services that are related to the provision of appointed counsel.

(b) The test of the parentís or estateís ability to pay costs under paragraph (a) of this subsection is the same test as applied to appointment of counsel for defendants under ORS 151.216. If counsel is provided at state expense, the court shall apply this test in accordance with the guidelines adopted by the Public Defense Services Commission under ORS 151.485.

(c) If counsel is provided at state expense, the court shall determine the amount the parents or estate is required to pay for the costs of administrative, legal and other services related to the provision of appointed counsel in the same manner as this amount is determined under ORS 151.487.

(d) The courtís order of payment is enforceable in the same manner as an order of support under ORS 419B.408 and 419C.600.

(3) When the court appoints counsel and the child, ward, youth, youth offender, parent or guardian has been determined to be entitled to, and financially eligible for, appointed counsel at state expense, the compensation for counsel and costs and expenses necessary to the appeal shall be determined and paid as provided in ORS 135.055 if the circuit court is the appellate court or as provided in ORS 138.500 if the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court is the appellate court. [2001 c.480 §6; 2001 c.962 §56; 2003 c.396 §§31,32; 2003 c.449 §50]

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