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Posted on: August 2, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Seeking to fill a Public Defender contract; Requesting Letters of Interest






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 an independent attorney and/or law firm to be primary counsel for courts located in Pahrump.  The contracts 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 one year, beginning August 16, 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 August 16, 2022.

  •  Issue request for LOI August 2, 2022
  • Publish in PVT newspaper August 5, 10, 2022
  • Deadline for Submittal of LOI 5:00 p.m., August 10, 2022
  • Contract Award August 16, 2022


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.


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 

 All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. PDT on August 10, 2022.

 The materials will be presented to the Nye County Board of Commissioners on August 16, 2022.    


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