How much does it cost for public defense in a death penalty case?
It is difficult to anticipate the total public defense costs in a death penalty case, because each case is different.
However, the hourly rate for capital defense attorneys (those who are qualified to accept a death penalty case) is $113 per hour. This rate is set bi-annually by the Executive Director of State Court Administration in compliance with Indiana Rules of Criminal Procedure, Criminal Rule 24. Each death penalty case in Indiana requires a qualified lead counsel and a qualified co-counsel. In addition to attorney fees, other defense costs in a death penalty case can include investigators, experts, paralegals, travel costs, copies, depositions, etc.To see the total reimbursement of 50% of death penalty expenses provided Indiana counties from the Public Defense Fund since 1995, see Reimbursements for Capital Cases found here http://courts.in.gov/pdc/files/pdc-fin-reimbursement-cap.pdf.