Position Paper on Attorney Fees

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission has recently published a position paper on fees aimed at all stakeholders in the criminal justice system.  Attorneys are encouraged to read the position paper when requesting reasonable fees in assigned cases, while trial court administrators and judges may use the document as a resource for evaluating these requests.

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Draft minutes from June 21, 2016 meeting

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission met on Tuesday June 21, 2016 in Lansing at the MIDC Office located at 200 N. Washington Square, 3rd Floor. The minutes linked below are a draft and are not official. They are subject to approval at the next Commission meeting, to be held on August 9, 2016.

June 21, 2016 Approved minutes from meeting

 

 

Commission Meeting June 21, 2016

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission will meet in the Lansing Office on Tuesday June 21, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

200 N. Washington Square, 3rd Floor

Lansing, Michigan 48933

Questions should be directed to Marcela Westrate (517) 657-3066

The Agenda for the June 21, 2016 meeting is here.

 

Conditionally Approved Standards Pursuant to Admin Order 2016-2

On June 1, 2016 the Michigan Supreme Court issued Administrative Order 2016-2 conditionally approving the first minimum standards for indigent defense delivery systems.

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

The full text of the Administrative Order describing the conditional approval and other language can also be found here.

Draft Minutes – April 19, 2016 Meeting

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission met on Tuesday April 19, 2016 in Lansing at the MIDC Office located at 200 N. Washington Square, 3rd Floor. The attached minutes linked below are a draft and are not official. They are subject to approval at the next Commission meeting, to be held on June 21, 2016.

April 19, 2016 Draft Minutes

MIDC Scholarships for Training

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to attend the Gideon’s Promise Trainer Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.  The conference is designed to teach participants the Gideon’s Promise philosophy, model, and curriculum as well as skills and strategies for effectively teaching and mentoring public defenders working in under resourced systems.  In sending future trainers to this conference, the MIDC intends to implement the Gideon’s Promise model as a skills training program for new assigned counsel as one potential model for compliance with the proposed standard for the training and education of attorneys accepting appointments statewide.  Upon return, the scholarship recipients will be expected to serve as trainers in this skills training program.

The MIDC scholarship will cover the registration for this program as well as travel-related expenses to Atlanta for the conference.

If interested, please send a short paragraph addressing:

  • Name;
  • Geographical area covered and type of practice;
  • Years of experience in criminal defense and % of practice devoted to criminal defense (appointed or retained cases);
  • Ability to travel to Atlanta, Georgia and fully participate in the conference being held June 9-12, 2016; and
  • Specific interest in serving as a trainer for new attorneys representing people who are poor and charged with crimes in Michigan.

The requested information should be sent to opportunities@michiganidc.gov no later than Friday April 29, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

For more information about the Gideon’s Promise Trainer Development Conference, click here.

Read the MIDC’s first proposed standard on the education and training of assigned counsel here.

 

MIDC Meeting April 19, 2016

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission will meet on April 19, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the Commission Offices located at:

200 N. Washington Square, 3rd Floor, Lansing, Michigan 48913

For information about the meeting please contact Marcela Westrate at 517-657-3066.

Additional meeting information and minutes from previous meetings can be found here.

Draft Minutes – February 16, 2016 MIDC meeting

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission met on Tuesday February 16, 2016 in Lansing at the MIDC Office located at 200 N. Washington Square, 3rd Floor. The attached minutes linked below are a draft and are not official. They are subject to approval at the next Commission meeting, to be held on April 19, 2016.

MIDC Draft Minutes 2-16-2016

Survey of Local Court Systems

The MIDC recently completed an analysis of the first-ever comprehensive survey to measure the delivery of criminal justice for indigent defense reform in Michigan. The survey gathered details on current practices in the state’s court systems to help MIDC better understand and map the legal landscape for indigent defendants in Michigan. The report was prepared by MIDC Research Director Jonah Siegel, and is entitled Snapshot of Indigent Defense Representation in Michigan’s Adult Criminal Courts: The MIDC’S First Survey of Local Court Systems.

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2015 Impact Report

At the February 2016 Commission meeting, the MIDC presented to the public its first annual report, the 2015 Impact Report, which describes the full year of activity by the MIDC and its staff, and describes how we are implementing change.

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