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, 7 and 8 have been proposed by the MIDC and a comment period is open until February 1, 2018.

Read the complete packet of standards here.

Visit our standards page for more information.

Webinars Available for Compliance Planning

The MIDC staff conducted a series of webinars for funding units around Michigan during the month of September.  Each session lasted approximately one-hour, and all are available to view online.  The webinars provided an overview of the compliance plan materials and walked participants through the application itself.  The sessions were facilitated by Rebecca Mack, the MIDC’s Grant Manager, and by Marla McCowan, the MIDC’s Director of Training, Outreach & Support.  Regional Managers moderated an interactive question and answer session at the end of each presentation.

Use these links to view the webinar for the Western Michigan region, the Mid-Michigan region, the South Central Michigan region, the Northern Michigan region, the Oakland/Macomb/St. Clair/Lapeer region, and the Wayne County region.

A handout for the PowerPoint presentation is here.  Additional materials are available on our grants page.

A webinar detailing instructions for funding units to register for the MIDC portal, used to upload compliance plans and related documents, can be found here:

 

MIDC Publishes Compliance Plan Application, Instructions for Submission, and Sample Plans

This spring the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs approved the MIDC’s first four standards for indigent criminal defense services.  Those first four standards cover training and education of counsel, the initial client interview, use of investigation and experts, and counsel at first appearance and other critical stages.

Every court funding unit in Michigan is required to submit a plan for compliance with the first four standards for indigent defense, along with a cost analysis, to the MIDC no later than November 20, 2017.

The full text of the approved standards can be found on the MIDC’s website.

The MIDC has approved several documents to assist funding units with compliance planning for MIDC Standards 1, 2, 3, and 4.  The Commission has published a detailed application with instructions for completing the form, a guide for submission of compliance plans, cost analyses, and local share calculations, as well as sample plans for a variety of systems to consider.  The MIDC has Regional Managers working statewide to assist with compliance planning.  Application workshops will be conducted throughout September for work group members to attend via webinar.

See our grants tab for more information.

Report: Attorney Perspectives on Michigan’s Criminal Indigent Defense System

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) is tasked with developing and overseeing the implementation of minimum standards to ensure that all indigent adults within the state have access to quality criminal defense services. To guide implementation and measure compliance with these standards, the MIDC is also responsible for conducting research that illuminates current practices and stakeholder perspectives. As the backbone of indigent representation, publicly appointed criminal defense attorneys must be at the center of systemic reform efforts. To learn more about their experiences representing indigent clients, the MIDC surveyed attorneys who take adult criminal indigent cases in Michigan’s 83 counties.  The survey was made available to all attorneys accepting adult criminal indigent cases and was distributed between February and April of 2016.

Read the report here.

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.

View a map of the Regional Manager assignments here.

Kelly McDoniel
Wayne

Tanya Grillo
Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair

Kristen Staley (interim Regional Manager)
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.

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