TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jul 2, 2018

The new 25 percent pay increase for indigent defense officially went into effect on July 1. The increase, the first of its kind in 20 years, was approved by the General Assembly this year. The hourly rate paid to court-appointed lawyers representing indigent parties is now $50 an hour for all services, while limits on the total amount of compensation a lawyer can receive in certain cases have been raised by $250 to $500. "The court views this increase as the first in a series of changes for attorney rates and Tennessee’s indigent representation system," Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Bivins said.