Training and Education Requirements
Under Idaho law the Public Defense Commission has been charged with establishing training and continuing legal education requirements and opportunities to promote competency and consistency in indigent defense cases such as criminal, juvenile, abuse and neglect, post-conviction, civil commitment, capital, and civil contempt. During each county fiscal year, defending attorneys must complete at least seven (7) CLE credits relevant to their indigent defense practice Standards for Defending Attorneys – 2018 – Idaho Code 19-850(1)(a)(i) and 19-850(2)(d).
The PDC offers training and continuing legal education opportunities to indigent defense providers. For more information on scholarship opportunities, please visit the PDC’s Scholarship webpage.
The PDC maintains a roster of all institutional, contract and conflict public defenders throughout the state. If you are not on our roster and currently work for a county public defender agency, work under a contract with a County Board of Commissioners, or frequently take indigent defense appointments, or need to update your contact or other roster information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a current list of PDC approved CLE courses available online, see the PDC’s Approved CLE document. NEW
If there is a CLE course you would like to take that is not on the PDC approved list, email the agenda to email@example.com to request PDC approval before taking the course. You may also submit the agenda and your attendance verification after completing the course but courses that do not meet PDC requirements will not be approved.
Courses approved by the PDC may not be approved by the Idaho State Bar. If Idaho State Bar credit is desired, we recommend you contact the Bar before taking the course.
For a current list of upcoming trainings, please visit the PDC’s MCLE Event Calendar.
Attorneys may report trainings for credit toward meeting PDC indigent defense standards by any of the following methods:
- Completing the PDC CLE reporting form;
- Submitting their Idaho State Bar MCLE Attendance Records to the PDC. Remember, to receive Idaho State Bar credit for attending webinars, defending attorneys must apply for Idaho State Bar credit by submitting an Idaho State Bar MCLE accreditation application.
NAPD Webinars. The Public Defense Commission offers credit through archived webinars hosted by the National Association for Public Defense (NAPD) at their MyGideon site. If you are interested in joining NAPD, please contact us for more information regarding NAPD membership. For access to the archived webinars, visit My Gideon.
PDC Webinars. The Public Defense Commission will be offering webinars hosted by the PDC and available to all PDC roster attorneys at no charge. More to come soon!