Does my county participate in the Public Defense Fund reimbursement program?
A list of counties that participate in the Public Defense Fund reimbursement program is available at http://courts.in.gov/pdc/2367.htm.
Counties wishing to participate in the Public Defense Fund reimbursement program must pass an ordinance creating a public defender board. The board adopts a comprehensive plan that outlines the methods for providing indigent defense services. If the public defense program in that county then abides by the Standards of the Indiana Public Defender Commission, it is eligible for reimbursement of up to 40% of felony and juvenile indigent defense expenses. (All 92 counties are eligible to receive 50% reimbursement of capital case defense costs.) Sample ordinances, comprehensive plans and contracts may be obtained from the Public Defender Commission's staff counsel.A current spreadsheet of all non-capital expense reimbursements to each county is available at http://courts.in.gov/pdc/2366.htm.