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NCJ Number: 135846 Find in a Library
Title: Special Focus on NIC Jail Legal Issues Workshop: Who Represents the Jail Administrator?
Journal: Detention Reporter  Issue:93  Dated:(July 1991)  Pages:3-10
Author(s): J Hager
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 8
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper examines the issues involved in the legal representation of any jail administrator who is involved in a conflict with the county supervisors or commissioners and is considering hiring an outside attorney.
Abstract: The attorney-client relationship between county counsel and county employees is statutory and not contractual. The county counsel represents the county and does not have a separate attorney-client relationship with individual county employees. The county attorney cannot take a position adverse to a client, disclose information that may damage a client, or accept employment adverse to a former client. A sheriff being sued for jail overcrowding and being informed by the county supervisors of a budget reduction should use care in contemplating declaring a conflict and hiring outside counsel. The negative consequences of declaring a conflict are usually very serious. To avoid conflict situations, the jail administrator should educate county counsel rather than waiting to be sued and obtain county counsel's approval when seeking the advise outside experts and attorneys. Discussion of specific cases
Main Term(s): Attorney client relations; Jail management
Index Term(s): Dispute resolution; Public administration
Note: Paper presented at American Jail Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, May 2, 1991
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