Ethics Committee Advisory Opinion #1984/5-22

June 11, 1985


An attorney who receives payment for services rendered as court-appointed indigent defense counsel from the State cannot accept additional payment for those services from any other source.  (DR2-106(A)).


An attorney represented an indigent criminal defendant in the Superior Court and was only paid a portion of his indigent defense bill by the State.  Is it unethical for him to accept voluntary payment from the client of the difference between the bill submitted and the amount he was paid?

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