New Process for Summit County Common Pleas Court Appointed Counsel Fee Applications Effective Monday, April 19, 2021
Effective Monday, April 19, 2021, appointed counsel shall follow the new process outlined below for submitting and receiving payment for felony Fee Applications in Summit County Common Pleas Court.
Lawyers should drop off completed fee applications to judges’ individual offices. Each judge will have a member of her staff trained in the Ohio Public Defender Commission rules for reimbursement, so that they can review the fee applications for completeness and accuracy. Judges will approve fee applications as deemed appropriate.
The Executive’s Office will be responsible for entering the applications into the database and providing information to the assigned judge. If there is some kind of billing discrepancy, the judge will address. The Executive’s office will return the signed application to the court. The court will notify the lawyer and void the judge’s signature. The lawyer will be required to re-submit the application to the individual court, starting the process again.
A General Division employee will collect signed applications daily and deliver to the centralized drop box. The Executive’s office will deliver the completed, signed applications to the Clerk’s office for docketing and to the Fiscal Office for processing payment.