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The Indiana Public Defender Council is a judicial branch state agency created in 1977 by IC 33-40-4.
The membership of the Council consists of all public defenders, contractual pauper counsel, and attorneys regularly appointed to represent indigent defendants pursuant to a uniform system of periodic appointments or who are on the list of attorneys maintained by the Public Defender Commission who are qualified and willing to be appointed in a capital case. There are approximately 1100 Indiana attorneys who are members of the Council.
The Council is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors.
The statutory duties of the Council are:
The Council does not provide legal representation to clients or legally advise the public.
Representation at trial or on direct appeal is provided by each county at county expense. Representation in post-conviction proceedings is provided by the Public Defender of Indiana.