No. A09-1146.

782 N.W.2d 535 (2010)

In the Matter of the WELFARE OF the Children of J.B. and R.P.; S.K.J. and J.N.T.; S.L.A.J. and B.J.T., Parents.

Supreme Court of Minnesota.

May 14, 2010.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Donald F. Ryan, Crow Wing County Attorney, Brainerd, MN, for appellant Crow Wing County.

Kathleen A. Heaney, Sherburne County Attorney, Arden Fritz, Assistant County Attorney, Elk River, MN, for amicus curiae Minnesota County Attorneys Association.

Bradford S. Delapena, Special Assistant Public Defender, St. Paul, MN, for amicus curiae Minnesota State Public Defender.


MAGNUSON, Chief Justice.

Between November 2007 and October 2008, appellant Crow Wing County filed child-protection (CHIPS) petitions in the three cases now before us. In each case, the indigent parents petitioned for representation and the district court appointed private counsel for the indigent parents. After the County refused to pay the appointed attorney's invoices, arguing that the district court must appoint a public defender to represent...

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