CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS: Take our Survey by March 31st

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission continues to seek feedback from criminal defense attorneys statewide about their work and thoughts for improving indigent defense delivery in Michigan. This survey is a follow up to the data collected from courts in 2015, which is the subject of an upcoming report to be released by the Commission.  The Survey will close on March 31st at 5 p.m.

Attorneys are asked to take approximately ten minutes to provide this valuable information to the MIDC:


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Draft Minutes – December 15, 2015 meeting

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission met on Tuesday December 15, 2015 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 February 16, 2016.

MIDC Draft Minutes 12-15-2015

Proposed Standards for Submission to Michigan Supreme Court

At the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission meeting on December 15, 2015, the Commission approved the final version of the first set of proposed minimum standards for indigent defense delivery systems.  The Standards are available on the MIDC’s website, and available to download as a packet here.

The proposed standards will be submitted to the Michigan Supreme Court in early January.

Notice of Upcoming Commission Meeting

Location: Michigan Indigent Defense Commission Offices
Capitol National Bank Business and Trade Center
200 N. Washington Sq, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Lansing
(on the corner of N. Washington Sq. and E. Ottawa St.)

Date: Tuesday December 15, 2015

Time: 1:00 PM

Contact: Marcela Westrate, mwestrate@michiganidc.gov, 517-648-3143

See link to calendar for event map/directions.

 

 

 

Draft Minutes – October 20, 2015 Meeting

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission met on Tuesday October 20, 2015 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 December 15, 2015 in Lansing.

DRAFT minutes from October 20, 2015 meeting.

UPDATED First Set of Proposed Minimum Standards

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission met on Tuesday October 20, 2015 in Lansing for its regular business meeting and to discuss revisions to the first set of proposed minimum standards for indigent defense delivery systems.  The MIDC will meet on December 15, 2015 to take action on the first set of standards with final revisions and updates that have been made by the Commission.

Review the Proposed Minimum Standards on our website or download the complete packet here.

Please contact the Commission at info@michiganidc.gov with any comments, questions, suggestions or concerns about the first set of proposed minimum standards.

Notice of Upcoming Commission Meeting and Agenda

Michigan Indigent Defense Commission Meeting

Location: Michigan Indigent Defense Commission Offices
Capitol National Bank Business and Trade Center
200 N. Washington Sq, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Lansing
(on the corner of N. Washington Sq. and E. Ottawa St.)

Date: Tuesday October 20, 2015

Time: 1:00 PM

Contact: Marcela Westrate, mwestrate@michiganidc.gov, 517-648-3143

Please click here for the Commission Meeting agenda.

 

CDAM Fall Conference Schedule

Twice each year, the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan offer an extensive three day training event covering the latest topics in criminal law, legal updates, and critical information to use in every day practice. Registration is open for the Fall 2015 conference in Traverse City, Michigan. MIDC Executive Director Jonathan Sacks will provide an update on the work of the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission on Friday November 13, 2015. The complete list of speakers and topics is available on the registration form.

You can register online at www.cdamonline.org or use this registration form.

CAP Presentation Materials

On September 11, 2015, MIDC Executive Director Jonathan Sacks will present the latest updates from the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission at the CAP Session at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Detroit.  The CAP Session is part of a 12 week series of training supported through generous funding of the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards through a grant managed by the State Appellate Defender Office.  The session is free of charge and open to the public.  See our calendar of events for location information, and review or print the materials for the session here or on the CAP website.

Draft Minutes – August 18, 2015 Meeting and Public Hearing

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission met on Tuesday August 18, 2015 in Lansing, with videoconferencing available to participants in Grand Rapids and Auburn Hills through the generosity of the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. 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 October 20, 2015 in Lansing.

MIDC Draft Minutes 8-2015