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Training and Education Requirements

Pursuant to Idaho Code 19-850, the Public Defense Commission has been charged with establishing training and continuing legal education requirements with regard to the following types of cases: criminal, juvenile, abuse and neglect, post-conviction, civil commitment, capital, and civil contempt. As part of that mission, the PDC offers training and continuing legal education opportunities to indigent defense providers. The PDC makes an attempt to maintain a current 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, please contact us about getting on the PDC roster.

IDAPA 61.01.01 – Training Rule

Pursuant to Idaho Code 19-850(2)(d), the PDC may provide training and continuing legal education for indigent defense providers. The legislature has appropriated training funds to the PDC. These rules create the procedures by which the PDC will use these funds and provide training to defending attorneys and their staff. For more information on opportunities, please visit the PDC’s Scholarship webpage.

Indigent Defense Standards

Idaho’s Indigent Defense Providers are required to comply with the Standards for Defending Attorneys.


For a current list of trainings, please visit the PDC’s MCLE Event Calendar.


To receive credit toward meeting PDC indigent defense standards for attending webinars, defending attorneys may submit their Idaho State Bar MCLE Attendance Records to the PDC or by report attendance directly to the PDC. To receive Idaho State Bar credit for attending webinars, defending attorneys must submit an Idaho State Bar MCLE accreditation application.

Medical Records Review for Criminal Defense Attorneys, by Jennifer Grossman, hosted live on Sept. 20, 2017

NAPD Webinars. The Public Defense Commission offers credit through archived webinars hosted by the National Association for Public Defense (NAPD) at their MyGideon site. Those webinars are only available to dues-paying members. If you are interested in joining NAPD, the Public Defense Commission conducts a membership drive twice each year and will cover your dues. 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!

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