Baraka proposes raising the public defender fee in Newark courts

By Naomi Nix | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on November 11, 2014

NEWARK — Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is proposing raising the maximum fee to apply for public defender in the municipal court from $50 to $200.

The legislation would allow a judge to assign up to $200 in fees for anyone who receives a public defender, according to the city.

Under the measure, a judge could charge less than the maximum amount or even waive the fee, the city said in a statement.

The city said the $50 dollar fee was outdated and the increase will bring Newark's public defender fee in line with other municipalities.

The measure will need to be approved by Newark's municipal council.

The municipal court handles traffic incidents and low-level crimes, the city said.

Officials with the with municipal court could not be reached for comment.

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