Rule 8.202 Payment of Assigned Attorneys and Transcript Costs

(A) Misdemeanor Cases. The political subdivision or subdivisions responsible for maintaining, financing, and operating the appointing court are responsible for paying assigned attorneys, regardless of whether the defendant is charged with violating a state law or an ordinance, and regardless of whether a fine or costs are actually assessed. If a county board of commissioners has taken or takes formal action to relieve cities or townships of part or all of the cost of paying assigned attorneys, that formal action shall control the payment of assigned attorneys in that county.

(B) Appeals. If an indigent defendant appealing to circuit court from a district or municipal court conviction is entitled to an assigned attorney or a transcript, the cost shall be paid by the same political subdivision or divisions that were responsible for or would have been responsible for paying an assigned attorney under subrule (A).