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PDC News Flash

Congratulations to the following recipients of the first annual Idaho Public Defense Awards:

These awards were presented August 8, 2018 at the PD Summit held in Boise, Idaho. Public Defenders across the state nominated several amazing candidates for these awards. Then, they voted and selected these recipients.

John Adams Lifetime Achievement Award: Charles "Chuck" Kovis, Public Defender in Northern Idaho - In recognition of exceptional achievements over a lifetime of service staunchly preserving and defending constitutional rights and ensuring justice and due process for Idaho's indigent defendants.
Clarence Darrow Professionalism Award: Carter Winters, Gem County Public Defender - In recognition of outstanding demonstration of professionalism and dedication to public defense in Idaho.
Clara Foltz Public Defense Advocacy Award: Anthony Geddes, Ada County Public Defender - In recognition of outstanding efforts to advocate for positive and progressive reform to Idaho's indigent defense system.

New Indigent defense standards went into effect on May 1, 2018. Click here to review the standards.

Next Commission Meeting

August 23, 2018 - 1:00 pm, at the Center of Influence, 805 W. Idaho Street, Suite 400, Boise, ID 83702.

2018 Annual Report to the Legislature

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 2018 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 and Article I, Sect. 13 of the Idaho Constitution;
  • Serves as a clearing house of information for relevant stakeholders;
  • Provides funding to Counties as appropriated by the legislature to ensure compliance with standards;
  • Provides training to defending attorneys; and
  • Keeps the Legislature apprised of any issues that affect the indigent defense system in Idaho.