Standards – Sets 1 and 2 Available to Print

The complete packet of minimum standards for indigent defense delivery systems is available to download from the MIDC’s website here.  Standards 1, 2, 3, and 4 have been approved by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs effective May 22, 2017.  Compliance plans and cost projections are due for the first set of standards by November 20, 2017.  Information for funding units can be found on our website here including contact information for our Regional Managers working statewide.

Standards 5, 6, and 7 have been proposed by the MIDC and a comment period is open until October 6, 2017.

Read the complete packet of standards here.

Visit our standards page for more information.

Position Available: Administrative Assistant

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) creates and enforces minimum standards to improve systems that provide attorneys for people that are accused of crimes and cannot afford counsel. The MIDC is seeking an Administrative Assistant to join our team in Lansing. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication and organizational skills, and be willing to complete a variety of tasks. This is a full-time position and includes sick and annual leave time and benefits available to State of Michigan employees.

Read the full post here.

Electronic submission of application materials is preferred. Cover letter and resume may be e-mailed to: careers@michiganidc.gov with “Administrative Assistant” in the subject line. If you are unable to submit materials electronically, they may be mailed to the MIDC at 200 N. Washington Sq., 3rd Floor, Lansing, MI 48913.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 22, 2017 5:00 PM

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

 

Updated: MIDC Regional Manager Assignments

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission has Regional Managers on staff to provide direction and guidance to indigent defense delivery systems around the state on compliance with MIDC-enacted standards. They serve as liaisons between local systems and the MIDC.  The Regional Managers have answers to all of the most common questions, they can provide technical information about how to determine spending on indigent defense, and they are prepared to offer practical solutions for compliance to maximize the impact of improvements.  All stakeholders are welcome to contact the Regional Managers to discuss the standards and how to implement them locally.

Kelly McDoniel
Wayne

Tanya Grillo
Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair

Ashley Carter
Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Shiawassee, Washtenaw

Chris Dennie
Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Ottawa, St. Joseph, Van Buren

Barbara Klimaszewski
Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Huron, Iosco, Isabella, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Midland, Montmorency, Newaygo, Oceana, Ogemaw, Osceola, Oscoda, Roscommon, Saginaw, Sanilac, Tuscola

Jana Mathieu
Alger, Antrim, Baraga, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Crawford, Delta, Dickinson, Emmet, Gogebic, Grand Traverse, Houghton, Iron, Kalkaska, Keweenaw, Leelanau, Luce, Mackinac, Manistee, Marquette, Menominee, Missaukee, Ontonagon, Otsego, Presque Isle, Schoolcraft, Wexford

Request for Proposals – Caseload Standards Study Follow Up Questions

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) is requesting proposals from qualified vendors to assist the MIDC in determining the appropriate numerical caseload/workload standards for criminal cases for providers of indigent legal representation in the state of Michigan.  Following our original post on the release of our Request for Proposals for Michigan Public Defense Caseload Standards Study, we have answered a second round of clarifying questions for potential bidders.  Please see this link for answers to the first round of questions and click here for new clarifying information.

Read the Request for Proposals here.

Read the answers to the first round of questions here.

Read the clarifying information here.

Note: the submission deadline is May 1, 2017.

Commission Meeting Agenda – April 18, 2017

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission will meet on Tuesday April 18, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Lansing office: 200 N. Washington Square, 3rd Floor.  The agenda for the meeting is at this link:

Agenda for meeting, April 18, 2017

Information about upcoming meetings or minutes from prior meetings can be accessed here.

For questions or concerns, please contact Marcela Westrate at 517-657-3066.

Request for Proposals – Michigan Public Defense Caseload Standards Study

MIDC Caseload RFP and Answers to Questions Received from Bidders

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) is requesting proposals from qualified vendors to assist the MIDC in determining the appropriate numerical caseload/workload standards for criminal cases for providers of indigent legal representation in the state of Michigan.

The selected vendor will work in consultation with the MIDC at all stages of the study, including the conduct of the study itself. The study must result in the production of recommended caseload standards for defense providers that accounts for (a) variation in counties and courts, and (b) variation in delivery models.

The MIDC requests proposals from qualified vendors which may include, but are not limited to, private sector firms, not-for-profit organizations, and public or private institutions such as universities or colleges with expertise in conducting research similar to research described in Sections 4 and 5 of this RFP.

The RFP also outlines the terms and conditions, and all applicable information required for submission of a proposal. Proposers should pay strict attention to the proposal submission deadline to prevent disqualification. To ensure compliance with these requirements and to prevent possible disqualification, Proposers should follow the format and instructions contained in this document.

Read the Request for Proposals here.

New: We have answers to questions received from bidders on MIDC’s Request for Proposals for the Michigan Public Defense Caseload Standards Study available for review here.

Note: the submission deadline is May 1, 2017.

2016 Year in Review: Impact Report

At the February 21, 2017 meeting, the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission approved for publication the 2016 Year In Review: Impact Report, which describes the full year of activity by the MIDC and its staff, and how we are implementing change.  The MIDC is required to publish all policies and reports on our website, which can be found here.

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2016 Year in Review

Position Available: Regional Manager – Northern Michigan

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) is seeking a Regional Manager to facilitate the creation of superior systems for representation of indigent clients charged with crimes. Regional Managers provide direction and guidance to indigent defense delivery systems around the state on compliance with MIDC-enacted standards. They serve as the liaisons between local systems and the MIDC.

This position serves Northern Michigan, which covers the following counties:  Alger, Antrim, Baraga, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Crawford, Delta, Dickinson, Emmet, Gogebic, Grand Traverse, Houghton, Iron, Kalkaska, Keweenaw, Leelanau, Luce, Mackinac, Manistee, Marquette, Menominee, Missaukee, Ontonagon, Otsego, Presque Isle, Schoolcraft, and Wexford.

Read the full job posting here.

To apply please send your cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat format to careers@michiganidc.gov. If you are unable to send materials electronically they may be mailed to the MIDC, 200 N. Washington Square, 3rd Floor, Lansing, MI 48913.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 24, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Commission Meeting Agenda – February 21, 2017

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission will meet on Tuesday February 21, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Lansing office: 200 N. Washington Square, 3rd Floor.  The agenda for the meeting is at this link:

Feb 21 2017 agenda

For questions or concerns, please contact Marcela Westrate at 517-657-3066.

First Standards Submitted to LARA

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission submitted the first set of standards for indigent defense delivery systems to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) on February 7, 2017.  These standards involve education and training, the initial client interview, experts and investigators, and counsel at first appearance and other critical stages in front of a judge.  Read the MIDC’s first standards submitted to LARA on the MIDC’s website or download the complete packet of the first set of standards submitted to LARA here.

Comments on the standards submitted to LARA will be accepted until March 9, 2017. Please send comments on these standards to comments@michiganidc.gov or to the MIDC at 200 N. Washington Square, 3rd Floor, Lansing, Michigan, 48913.  All comments will be posted on the MIDC’s website within one business day of receipt.

Following a public comment period, LARA Director Shelly Edgerton will thoroughly review the information provided and make a decision on whether to approve the standards.