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PDC News Flash

Next Commission Meeting:

August 17, 2017 at 2:00pm: Conference call to approve proposed rules and standards, and FY2019 PDC Budget

September 13, 2017 at 1:00pm at the PDC office - monthly meeting

Idaho Workload Study:

All Idaho defending attorneys, primary and conflict, are being asked to participate in a time-tracking study that will provide the necessary data to support an Idaho caseload standard. Please navigate to the Idaho Workload Study page for more information.

Rules & Standards:

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

Extraordinary Litigation Fund Policy and Application:

The PDC is excited to announce the implementation of the process to apply for monies for extraordinary litigation costs. Navigate to the Forms & Reports page to review the policy and procedures, and to download an application.

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.