Larson distributes funds to counties State Treasurer Vern Larson announced Oct. 1 his office distributed $805,070 to 65 counties in South Dakota to help cover the counties' costs of $6,646,596 for public defenders and court-appointed attorneys. Larson said the state treasury also sent $134,135 to 44 counties to assist them in legal costs of $583,338 for abused and neglected children. The monies come from court costs assessed statewide in criminal cases.
Clay County received $8,279.99 from the state treasury.
State law allocates $6 from court costs assessed in all criminal cases to a court-appointed attorney and public defender payment fund and $1 to an abused and neglected child defense fund. The State Treasurer annually distributes these monies to counties based on the amounts spent by each county for public defenders and court-appointed attorneys and representation of abused and neglected children.