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Next Commission Meeting:

October 11, 2017 at 1:00pm at the Grove Hotel, Riverfork Room, 3rd Floor - monthly meeting

Rules & Standards:

IDAPA 61.01.07 - RULES GOVERNING THE STANDARDS FOR DEFENDING ATTORNEYS THAT UTILIZE IDAHO'S PRINCIPLES OF AN INDIGENT DEFENSE DELIVERY SYSTEM went into effect May 1, 2017. Compliance with this rule, and IDAPA 61.01.01 and 61.01.04,  is required of Counties and Defending Attorneys by March 31, 2018, pursuant to Idaho Code 19-862A. All rules can be found here.

Negotiated Rulemaking:

The PDC is not currently negotiating any rules.

RULEMAKING NOT MOVING FORWARD: On July 5, 2017, the PDC published a Notice of Intent to negotiate a workload standard in relation to IDAPA 61.01.07 - RULES GOVERNING STANDARDS FOR DEFENDING ATTORNEYS. Because the workload study is not yet complete, the PDC will not be moving forward with the negotiation on this portion of the rule at this time. A notice of intent to negotiate will be published at a later date.

Proposed Rules:

The PDC has proposed IDAPA 61.01.06 - RULES GOVERNING PROCEDURES FOR THE OVERSIGHT IMPLEMENTATION, ENFORCEMENT, AND MODIFICATION OF INDIGENT DEFENSE STANDARDS and changes to IDAPA 61.01.07 - RULES GOVERNING THE STANDARDS FOR DEFENDING ATTORNEYS THAT UTILIZE IDAHO'S PRINCIPLES OF AN INDIGENT DEFENSE DELIVERY SYSTEM. The proposed rules were published in the October Idaho Administrative Bulletin. The PDC has also proposed IDAPA 61.01.08 - RULES GOVERNING THE ADMINISTRATION OF IDAHO'S INDIGENT DEFENSE DELIVERY SYSTEMS - RULE DEFINITIONS. This proposed rule will be published in the November Idaho Administrative Bulletin, but the text of the rule can be found here. Public hearings will be held in each of the seven judicial districts as follows:

October 11, 2017 - Boise - 4:00PM MDT: The Grove Hotel, The Riverfork Room, 3rd Floor

October 12, 2017 - Caldwell - 6:00PM MDT: Canyon County Administration Bulletin, 1st Floor Public Meeting Room

October 17, 2017 - Idaho Falls - 6:00PM MDT: Residence Inn

October 17, 2017 - Lewiston - 6:00PM PDT: Red Lion Hotel, Port 1 Room

October 18, 2017 - Pocatello - 6:00PM MDT: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Scout Mountain Room

October 18, 2017 - Coeur d'Alene - 6:00PM PDT: Best Western Plus, Idaho Room

October 19, 2017 - Twin Falls - 6:00PM MDT: Hilton Garden Inn, I.B. Perrine Room


Mission Statement

The Idaho Public Defense Commission is committed to improving the delivery of trial-level indigent defense services by serving the Counties and Indigent Defense Providers of Idaho. We strive to ensure that the safeguards of the 6thAmendment to the United States Constitution and Article I, Sect. 13 of the State Constitution are met. We will collect data, support compliance with standards, provide training, and administer grants to achieve fair and just representation of the accused. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

Click here for a copy of the 2017 Report to the Legislature.


The State Public Defense Commission:

  • Maintains standards to ensure that defending attorneys are providing representation within the safeguards of the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution;
  • Serves as a clearing house of information for relevant stakeholders;
  • Administers and allocates funds appropriated by the Legislature to Counties to ensure compliance with indigent defense standards;
  • Provides training to defending attorneys;
  • Establishes rules for public defender training and data collection regarding indigent defense services; and
  • Keeps the Legislature apprised of any Sixth Amendment issues related to enforcement and funding.