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Posted on: June 22, 2022

Seeking to fill 2 Public Defender contracts; Requesting Letters of Interest

NYE COUNTY, NEVADA 

LETTERS OF INTEREST, INCLUDING QUALIFICATIONS FOR PUBLIC DEFENSE SERVICES SUMMARY OF REQUEST 

Nye County (“County”) is requesting Letters of Interest (LOI), including qualifications from attorneys and/or law firms interested in contracting for public defender services for indigent defendants appearing to answer criminal charges in the 5th Judicial District Court and the Beatty, Pahrump and Tonopah Justice Courts, Nye County, Nevada. 

It is the intent of Nye County to secure the services of one independent attorney and/or law firm to be primary counsel for courts located in Pahrump. The contract shall be for an amount up to one-hundred-seventy-five thousand dollars ($175,000) annually, depending on qualifications, payable in equal quarterly installments for the provision of all indigent defense services as outlined herein. The term of the contract will be two years, beginning July 19, 2022, and concluding June 30, 2023. 

The successful applicants will contract with the County for provision of public defense services as an independent contractor and shall not be entitled to any County benefits of any nature whatsoever. The successful applicants will be responsible for the performance of all of the obligations under contract in conformance with the Nevada State Bar Association Rules of Professional Conduct, the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the Permanent Regulations of the Board of Indigent Defense Services, adopted October 26, 2021. 

TIME SCHEDULE. The County will follow the following timetable, which should result in a selection of public defenders by July 19, 2022. 

  • Issue request for LOI June 22, 2022 
  • Publish in PVT newspaper June 29, July 1, 6, 8, 2022 
  • Publish in TTB newspaper June 30, and July 7, 2022

Deadline for Submittal of LOI 5:00 p.m., July 8, 2022 Contract Award July 19, 2022 

SCOPE OF SERVICES - GENERAL DESCRIPTION. 

The Attorney and/or law firm will represent adult criminal defendants that a court in Nye County has determined to be indigent, except for capital cases. The representation will include all stages of the criminal proceedings, including direct appeals, revocation of probation or parole, and specialty courts. The Attorney and/or law firm will provide legal representation for a child alleged to be delinquent or in need of supervision when a Court orders the appointment in accord with NRS Chapter 62. The Attorney and/or law firm agrees to perform the services of an attorney for a child, parent, or other person responsible for a child’s welfare when that parent or other person is alleged to have abused or neglected that child and the Court orders the appointment of Attorney pursuant to NRS 432B.420, or any subsequent proceedings under NRS Chapter 128. The Attorney and/or law firm agrees to attend Justice Court 72-hour in-custody hearings on a rotating basis with other consortium counsel as scheduled. The Attorney and/or law firm shall continue to perform services for any appointed client for which said Attorney is the counsel of record on the effective date of the agreement. The Attorney and/or law firm agrees to provide legal services to Juvenile Court of Nye County. 

INSTRUCTIONS All LOI with qualifications should be sent to: 

Lorina Dellinger 

Asst. County Manager 

Nye County 

P.O. Box 153 

101 Radar Road Tonopah, NV 89049 

ldellinger@co.nye.nv.us 

All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. PDT on July 8, 2022. The materials will be presented to the Nye County Board of Commissioners on July 19, 2022.

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