Michigan Indigent Defense Commission Update February 2017

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission submitted the first set of standards for indigent defense delivery systems to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) on February 6, 2017.  These standards involve education and training, the initial client interview, experts and investigators, and counsel at first appearance and other critical stages in front of a judge.  

The MIDC received comments when the standards were originally published in 2015, and comments were also submitted to the Michigan Supreme Court prior to the Court conditionally approving the standards on June 1, 2016.  Links to those previous comments and a video recording of the public administrative hearing in the Supreme Court can be found through the “comments” tab at http://michiganidc.gov/standards/.

Comments on the standards submitted to LARA will be accepted until March 9, 2017. Please send comments on these standards to comments@michiganidc.gov or to the MIDC at 200 N. Washington Square, 3rd Floor, Lansing, Michigan, 48913.  All comments will be posted on the MIDC’s website within one business day of receipt.  Following a public comment period, LARA Director Shelly Edgerton will thoroughly review the information provided and make a decision on whether to approve the standards.

Every indigent defense delivery system in Michigan is required to submit a plan for compliance with the standards together with a cost analysis to the MIDC.  These submissions must be made to the MIDC within 180 days from the date that the standards are approved by LARA.  See M.C.L. §780.993(3).

Read the MIDC's first standards submitted to LARA on the MIDC’s website at http://michiganidc.gov/standards/.  

To download the complete packet of the first set of standards submitted to LARA, please click here: http://bit.ly/midcstandards

Marla McCowan
Director of Training, Outreach and Support
(517) 657-3066