The Houston County court system is moving forward with plans to reduce the cost of providing attorneys for suspects who say they can't afford them.
The county spent $2.2 million to provide court appointed attorneys last year.
But a panel made up of judges, attorneys and local officials want to contract with eight lawyers to handle juvenile court cases and two for district court by the end of the year.
Each attorney would be paid from $30,000-$50,000.
The panel plans to meet again next month to discuss hiring two defense attorneys for each judge at the circuit court level.