Indigent defendant; rate of fees for legal representation. (HB824)

Introduced By

Del. Rae Cousins (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Marty Martinez (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Rate of fees; legal representation of indigent defendant. Limits the fees charged for the cost of court-appointed counsel or public defender representation to persons determined to be indigent to an amount no greater than the amount such person would have owed if such fees had been assessed on or before June 30, 2024. Read the Bill »


The fiscal impact statement states that the specific cost of the legislation cannot be determined. Currently, fees are assessed for the cost of court-appointed counsel or public defender representation for indigent persons, but the proposed bill seeks to eliminate these fees. The impact of this provision on the state and potentially localities cannot be determined because the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court (OES) does not have a way to identify fees that have been specifically assessed for representation of criminal or delinquency matters. However, it is estimated that an average of $33.7 million annually would be eliminated from various state general fund or local deposits if these fees are eliminated. Additionally, the bill removes the requirement for defendants to reimburse the Commonwealth for any amount paid for legal representation.

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03/07/2024: Passed the General Assembly


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104661D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/30/2024Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/02/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB824)
02/02/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/02/2024Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/07/2024Reported from Courts of Justice (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2024Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/08/2024Assigned App. sub: General Government and Capital Outlay
02/09/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (4-Y 3-N)
02/09/2024Reported from Appropriations with substitute (11-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2024Committee substitute printed 24107595D-H1
02/11/2024Read first time
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24107595D-H1
02/12/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB824H1
02/13/2024Read third time and passed House (50-Y 46-N)
02/13/2024VOTE: Passage (50-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/15/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB824H1)
02/21/2024Reported from Courts of Justice (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2024Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/27/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2024Reported from Finance and Appropriations (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024Read third time
02/28/2024Passed Senate (21-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB824ER)
03/05/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB824ER)
03/05/2024Signed by Speaker
03/07/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/08/2024Governor's recommendation received by House
04/08/2024Governor's substitute printed 24109369D-H2
04/17/2024VOTE: Adoption (0-Y 100-N)
04/17/2024House rejected Governor's recommendation (0-Y 100-N)
04/17/2024VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 100-N)
04/17/2024Communicated to Governor

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