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Public Defender

City of Union City Requests Proposals From Attorneys Interested in Serving as “Public Defender” for the City of Union City For the Period July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019


Pursuant to the Fair and Open Process described under N.J.S.A. 19:44A-1, et seq., the City seeks Request for Proposals (“RFP”) from attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of New Jersey that wish to be appointed Public Defender for the City for a contract period beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019.  All candidates are required to comply with N.J.S.A. 10:5-31 et seq. and N.J.A.C. 17:27 et seq. as amended.  (Affirmative Action.  See Exhibit A attached hereto).  Each candidate shall submit proof of business registration with the New Jersey Division of Taxation (P.L. 2004, C.57).  The successful attorney must have significant experience in Municipal Court.  The successful attorney among his/her other duties may be requested to do any or all of the following:

1.    Represent, except in the case of temporary unavailability or conflict of interest, any defendant charged with an offense in the Municipal Court who is an indigent defendant entitled to representation pursuant to P.L. 1997, c.256 (N.J.S.A. 2B:24-1 et seq.);

2.    Appear before the Municipal Court on behalf of defendants as assigned by the Municipal Court; and

3.    Any other matters as directed by the Municipal Court.

4.    The vendor shall provide monthly billing statements that include a brief statement showing the original amount of the Contract, any increases established by amendment to the Contract, the amount previously billed under the Contract, and the total amount of unbilled funds remaining available under the Contract, and the total amount of unbilled funds remaining available under the Contract after deduction of the most recent amount billed.  A copy of each billing statement shall be made available to the State Fiscal Oversight Officer upon request.

Each candidate shall submit proof of business registration with the New Jersey Division of Taxation (P.L. 2004, C.57) within the time permitted by law and must comply with the Affirmative Action requirements contained at N.J.A.C. 17:27 et seq. (See Exhibit A attached hereto).

Professional Information and Qualifications
Copies of these standardized submission requirements and selection criteria are on file and available from the Office of the City Clerk.  Each interested attorney shall submit the following information:

1.    Name of attorney/firm;

2.    Address of principal place of business and all attorneys or firm’s offices and corresponding telephone and fax numbers.  Please note specifically which attorney will be assigned to the position of public defender;

3.    Areas of Practice;

4.    Description of attorneys’ education, experience, qualifications, number of years with the present law firm and a description of their experience with the position of public defender similar to those described above;

5.    Experience related to representation of clients in Municipal Court in New Jersey and criminal law practice;

6.    At least four (4) references, three (3) of which must have knowledge of your practice in municipal court;

7.    The firm’s ability to provide the services in a timely fashion (including staffing, familiarity and location of key staff);

8.    The City shall pay the public defender $200 per Court session;

9.    Statement of corporate ownership (c.52:25-24.2);

10.    Disclosure of Investment Activities in Iran Form (c. 52:32-55, et seq.);

11.    Business Registration Certificate (within the time permitted by law); and

12.    Statement, see attached, executed by a corporate officer, member, partner or   sole proprietor certifying that there are no prior or pending ethics complaints against them or their company.

Selection Criteria

    The selection criteria used in awarding a contract or agreement for professional services as described herein shall include:

1.    Qualifications of the individuals who will perform the tasks and the amounts of their respective participation;

2.    Proven experience in representing defendants in municipal court in urban environments substantially similar to Union City and references;

3.    Ability to perform the task in a timely fashion, including staffing and familiarity with the subject matter; and

4.    Ability to be available with the appropriate personnel at all times necessary to accomplish the representation; and

Submission Requirements

Sealed RFPs will be publicly opened by the Union City Clerk in her offices at Union City Hall, 3715 Palisade Avenue, Union City, at p.m. on 2:15 p.m. July 6, 2018.  The RFP must be received no later than 2:15 p.m. on July 6, 2018 by:

Erin Knoedler, City Clerk
City of Union City
3715 Palisade Avenue
Union City, New Jersey 07087

Please submit one original and two (2) copies of the RFP.  Use white 8 ½” x 11” paper.

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