UPDATED Notice of Meeting and Public Hearing – August 18, 2015

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission will hold its next meeting on August 18, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Western Michigan University – Cooley Law School, live in Lansing and simulcast in Auburn Hills and Grand Rapids at the following addresses:

300 S. Capitol Ave, Lansing (room 308)
111 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids (room 305)
2630 Featherstone, Auburn Hills (room 100)

A printable flyer is available here.

In addition to normal business, this meeting will also serve as a public hearing on the first set of standards for the local delivery of indigent defense services that have been proposed and posted for comment by the MIDC. These standards involve education and training, the initial client interview, experts and investigators, and counsel at first appearance in front of a judge.

For complete details on the proposed standards, please see the MIDC’s website.  Comments on these proposed standards can be submitted to info@michiganidc.gov or mailed to 200 N. Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48933.  MIDC staff will post the comments on their website and all comments received prior to Friday August 7, 2015 by 5 p.m. will be submitted for consideration by the Commission.

Please note: All are welcome and encouraged to attend the public hearing, but seating is limited and available only on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you intend to speak at the public hearing about the proposed minimum standards please RSVP to be guaranteed speaking time at the hearing.  You can RSVP to speak at either the Lansing, Auburn Hills or Grand Rapids locations (click on location link to reserve your spot).

Please contact (517) 648-3143 for additional information or inquiries.

FOIA Policy Published

Pursuant to the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission Act, M.C.L. §780.1001, the Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act both apply to the MIDC.  The Agency has published its policy regarding FOIA requests, effective July 1, 2015.

FOIA requests to the Commission can be sent by mail to the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission, Attn: FOIA Coordinator, 200 N. Washington Square, Lansing, MI, 48933. E-mail requests may be submitted to: foia@michiganidc.gov. A request should include a name, telephone number, and mailing address.

The complete text of the FOIA policy is on the MIDC’s website and available in .pdf format.

Proposed Standards Published for Comment

From Judge James H. Fisher
Chairperson

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) is proud to announce the release of our first set of proposed minimum standards for the local delivery of indigent criminal defense services. These standards involve education and training, the initial client interview, experts and investigators, and counsel at first appearance in front of a judge.

We selected these initial standards because they are either required by the statute or supported by United States Supreme Court precedent. MCL 780.989(1). We also wanted to start with a set of standards that would be amenable to the creation of lasting and measurable improvements in the criminal defense of poor people. Among other topics, future standards will tackle caseloads, qualifications, compensation, and independence of the indigent defense function from the judiciary.

The MIDC strives for collaboration, transparency and accessibility in our work, and we look forward to feedback. We encourage everyone who is interested to e-mail comments on the standards to info@michiganidc.gov or mail them to 200 N. Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48933.

MIDC staff will post the comments on our website, on the page dedicated to minimum standards.

The MIDC will hold a public hearing on these standards on August 18th at 1:00 PM at the Lansing campus of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Video conference equipment will also allow participation from the Cooley Auburn Hills and Grand Rapids locations. All comments received prior to 5:00 p.m. Friday August 7, 2015 will be considered by Commissioners.  Please check our calendar in early August for more information about attending that meeting.

Following the public hearing, the MIDC will submit standards to the Michigan Supreme Court, who will conduct their own review and comment process. When the Court approves standards, the MIDC will work with courts and government units to select compliance plans for these standards. We expect the compliance plans to be due in late 2016 based on deadlines set in the MIDC Act. The State of Michigan is then required to fund the plans. We look forward to watching this important process succeed.

 

Draft Minutes – June 9, 2015 meeting

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission met on Tuesday June 9, 2015 in Lansing. The attached minutes are a draft and are not official. They are subject to approval at the next Commission meeting.

MIDC Minutes 6-9-15 Meeting Minutes – Draft

June 9, 2015 MIDC Notice of Meeting and Agenda

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission is meeting at 1:00 p.m. June 9, 2015.

Please note that the location of this meeting is in the conference room on the 4th Floor of the Capitol National Bank Building, 200 N. Washington Square, Lansing, Michigan. 

Contact (517) 648-3143 for additional information or inquiries.

The tentative agenda for this meeting is below:

6-9-2015 Agenda

MIDC Bylaws

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission approved and adopted bylaws on February 17, 2015. Those bylaws are reproduced in full on our Policies & Reports page. Questions or concerns should be addressed to the Chair of the Commission.