Substitute Public Defender

Town of West New York
Request for Proposals From Attorneys Interested in Serving as “ Substitute Public Defender” 
for the Town of West New York For the Period
May 12, 2014 through
December 31, 2014


Pursuant to the Fair and Open Process described under N.J.S.A. 19:44A-1, et seq., the Town seeks Request for Proposals (“RFP”) from attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of New Jersey that wish to be appointed Substitute Public Defender for the Town for a contract period beginning May 12, 2014 and ending December 31, 2014.  All candidates are required to comply with N.J.S.A. 10:5-31 et seq. and N.J.A.C. 17:27 as amended.  (Affirmative Action).  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, as needed, when the public defender is unavailable, 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;

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

Each candidate shall submit proof of business registration with the New Jersey Division of Taxation (P.L. 2004, C.57) and must comply with the Affirmative Action requirement contained at N.J.A.C. 17:27 et seq.

Professional Information and Qualifications

Copies of these standardized submission requirements and selection criteria are on file and available from the Office of the Town 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.    Cost details, including the hourly rates of each of the individuals who will perform the services and the time estimates for each individual, and all expenses. The Town of West New York will pay the substitute public defender $300 per court session;

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

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 West New York 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 West New York Clerk in her offices at the Municipal Building 428 60th Street, West New York, New Jersey, 07093, at 10:00 a.m. on May 6, 2014.  The RFP must be received no later than 10:00 a.m. on May 6, 2014  by:


Ms. Carmela Riccie
West New York Town Clerk
Municipal Building
428 60th Street
West New York, New Jersey, 07093

Please submit one original and three (3) copies of the RFP.  Use white 8 ½” x 11” paper.

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