Under KRS Chapter 31 DPA
is required to represent all indigents charged with a crime, those proceeded against under KRS Chapter 202A
(Kentucky's involuntary commitment process), and those prosecuted for civil contempt pursuant to Lewis v. Lewis, 875 S.W.2d 862 (Ky. 1993). Each year, DPA's criminal
specialists handle over 100,000 trial and post-trial cases statewide, including DUI cases, involuntary commitment cases, juvenile cases, and demanding, complex and difficult
cases involving sex abuse, and cases where death is sought as the penalty. This client representation is further detailed in DPA's Annual Caseload Reports above.