Michigan standards for court-appointed attorneys survive challenge from Oakland County

As reported in the Lansing State Journal, on November 3, 2017 the Michigan Court of Claims issued an Opinion and Order that dismissed a lawsuit brought by Oakland County against the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission.  The lawsuit raised challenges to the MIDC Act as well as to the MIDC’s implementation of the first standards for indigent defense delivery systems.

Read  the Opinion and Order by Judge Christopher M. Murray that dismissed Oakland County’s lawsuit here.

The full docket entries from the case in the Michigan Court of Claims can be access here.

Coverage of the Court’s decision in the Lansing State Journal can be read here.

All indigent defense delivery systems are required to submit plans for compliance with the MIDC’s first standards no later than November 20, 2017.  Find information about the MIDC’s standards and the application for compliance plans and grant funding on our website.