The Texas Indigent Defense Commission provides financial and technical support to counties to develop and maintain quality, cost-effective indigent defense systems that meet the needs of local communities and the requirements of the Constitution and state law. The purpose of this website is to provide access to the data that drives the Commission’s work as well as information about indigent defense.
If you received court appointments in criminal or juvenile cases in the last year, you must report the percentage of your practice time spent on those cases. You can submit the report now. A worksheet, instructions and video are available on the reporting page. If you have questions about the process, you may contact the Texas Indigent Defense Commission at 512-936-6994.
AUSTIN – The Texas Indigent Defense Commission (TIDC) today awarded over $5 million in Improvement Grants to establish regional public defender offices serving nine counties, create specialized defender programs to help defendants with mental illness, and streamline attorney appointments.
The Commission provides Texas Counties with Indigent Defense Improvement Grant funds to encourage innovation and to remedy non-compliance with the Fair Defense Act. Improvement Grants are awarded to assist counties in developing new, innovative programs or processes to improve the delivery of indigent defense services. A committee reviews and scores counties’ applications prior to presentation to the Grants and Reporting Committee and to the full Commission.
On Monday, Future Indigent Defense Leaders (FIDL) announced its inaugural class of 25 mentors and 25 mentees. A joint venture of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA), the Harris County Public Defender’s Office (HPDO), and the Texas Indigent Defense Commission (TIDC), FIDL is a first-of-its-kind statewide mentoring program focused on creating the next generation of public defense leaders and advocates.
The Roundtable will provide members of the defense team who represent defendants with mental illness and intellectual disabilities an opportunity to learn from each other and share best practices.
In its recent assessment of a one-of-its-kind pilot project in Texas, in which indigent defendants choose their own lawyer, a national justice research institute concluded that defendants are three...
Austin-January 16-17, 2020Texas Association of Counties Event Center1210 San Antonio St., 4th FloorAustin, TX 78701 Who Should Attend: County Jud...View
TIDC invites you to a training in McLennan County on Friday, February 1, 2019. We urge both new and established coordinators to attend. We hope to ...View
Big Bend Workshop on Effective Post-Arrest and Indigent Defense Practices Additional forms from the workshop available here: Evaluation and CLE In...View