What kind of qualifications does the Public Defender Commission require for public defenders?

Published 03/19/2015 03:10 PM   |    Updated 12/06/2016 10:42 PM
What kind of qualifications does the Public Defender Commission require for public defenders?

For attorneys accepting non-capital appointments in a county that receives reimbursement from the Public Defense Fund, the Public Defender Commission sets standards for their qualifications, depending on the types of cases they are handling. Those standards can be found in the Standards for Indigent Defense Services in Non-Capital Cases found here http://courts.in.gov/pdc/files/indigent-defense-non-cap.pdf.

Any attorney accepting appointment as lead or co-counsel on a capital case, regardless of whether the county is in our reimbursement program, must meet the qualifications set out in Criminal Rule 24(B).
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