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*Press Release:* March 1, 2018 regarding the Idaho Workload Study

Next Commission Meeting

March 14, 2018 - 2:00 pm - 6:00pm, at the Public Defense Commission Office, 816 W. Bannock Street, Suite 201, Boise, ID  83702.

2018 Regular Legislative Session: Legislative Hearings on Pending Rules

IDAPA 61.01.06, 61.01.07 and 61.01.08 were approved by the House Judiciary and Rules Committee.

CANCELLED--Please check back for the new date. Wednesday, January 24, 2018, Senate Judiciary & Rules Committee, 1:30 p.m. in Rm. WW54, Presentation on IDAPA 61.01.06, 61.01.07 and 61.01.08

Pending Rules

The PDC has submitted as pending, 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 submitted as pending, IDAPA 61.01.08 - RULES GOVERNING THE ADMINISTRATION OF IDAHO'S INDIGENT DEFENSE DELIVERY SYSTEMS - RULE DEFINITIONS. The proposed rule was published in the November Idaho Administrative Bulletin. The text of the pending rules can be found here.

Other Hearings and Events, 2018 Regular Legislative Session

Senate Bills 1257 and 1258 are awaiting presentation to the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee.

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 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.