General Information - Miscellaneous Claims

Claims for services by other indigent defense providers, such as interpreters, investigators, expert witnesses, certified shorthand reporters, and certain mental health evaluators, are submitted to the State Public Defender for review and payment from the indigent defense fund as miscellaneous claims.  All services must have been incurred by defense counsel for an indigent client.   Payment of miscellaneous claims is governed by Chapter 13 of the State Public Defender's Administrative Rules, which provide further instructions, which vary depending on the type of claim.

Claim Submission Procedures and Forms

As of March 1, 2020, all miscellaneous claims must be submitted electronically, unless you are employed by the State of Iowa as a court reporter.  If you are a court reporter for the State of Iowa you must continue to file your miscellaneous paper claims using the procedure listed in Paper Claim Submission Procedure.  

Online Claim Submission Training Manuals:

Court Reporter Manual

Evaluations Manual

Expert Witness Manual

Foreign Language Interpreter Manual 

Investigator Manual

Copies, Sheriff Fees, and Other Claims Manual

Paper Claim Submission Procedure

Office of the State Public Defender
Miscellaneous Claims
Lucas State Office Building, Fourth Floor
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319

The miscellaneous claim form is available below in PDF and Microsoft Word formats, along with general instructions.   Please carefully review the form and the instructions for the type of claim you are submitting:

To process your claim you need to have a substitute W9 form on file with us. If you have never submitted a claim before or if you have not submitted a claim within the last 18 months you should include a completed substitute W-9 with your claim. SPD Substitute W9 Form.

If you would like to have payment of your claim automatically deposited into your bank account please complete the Electronic Funds Transfer Authorization Form and submit to the address listed on the form. Do not send this form to the State Public Defender.

More Information about Specific Types of Miscellaneous Claims

More detailed information about the following types of claims is also available: