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Nominations for the 2021 Gideon and Gault Awards    

Nominations close  4/28/2021

Each year, the Indiana Public Defender Council honors two attorneys--nominated by their peers--who have demonstrated zealous advocacy to indigent adults and children in Indiana.  The Gideon and Gault awards are each named as a tribute to the landmark Supreme Court decisions establishing the right to counsel for adults and children facing criminal and juvenile delinquency allegations.  Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 US 335 (1963) and In re Gault, 387 U.S. 1 (1967).   The recipient of each award must be an active member of the Bar who devotes a significant portion of his or her legal practice to providing indigent defense representation to adults (Gideon) or juveniles (Gault) in adult criminal or juvenile matters.  We encourage you to nominate a deserving candidate.

Gideon Award Nomination Form        Gault Award Nomination Form


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The deadline to submit your candidacy is April 29, 2021


To further its mission, the Indiana Public Defender Council's Board has created a donation program to receive donations in order to provide scholarships to deserving public defenders to attend IPDC and national training programs such as the Council's annual Trial Practice Institute.  In addition, your donations will be used to continue the Council's mission to improve public defense in Indiana.
If you would like to contribute to the mission of the Council or donate to the Council's scholarship programs, please contribute through the Donorbox form below.  The form below will allow you to provide a donation to the Council and choose the purpose of your donation.  Donations may be made in honor or memory of an individual or honored defender.

Donate by check or credit card by downloading the Donation Form or donate using the DonorBox online form below

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2020 Criminal Code Books

Pocket Sized 2020 Indiana Criminal Code Books Now Available for Pre-Order

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Password Reset for Members

Membership services are now managed by the Salesforce platform.  in order to reset your password, please go to https://ipdc.force.com/login and click “Forgot Your Password?”  You will be able to reset your password from that page.

What is my Username?

Your Username for the Salesforce membership site is your email address followed by "ipdc"  Example: myemail@email.com.ipdc <--don't forget this last portion.  

What if I do not know my Username?

If you are not unsure about your Username, please email pdchelpdesk@pdc.in.gov

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Indiana Public Defender Council
309 W. Washington Street, Suite 401
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317.232.2490
FAX: 317.232.5524
Research Line: 317.232.5505
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If you are having trouble logging in to the member's site, just email the PDC Helpdesk for help with re-setting your password.

Juvenile Justice

Information for Youth and Parents

Finding yourself or your child involved in the juvenile justice system can be a difficult experience.  Things may happen quickly, words may be used that are confusing, and you may not feel comfortable asking questions along the way.  As a party to a juvenile delinquency case, you are entitled to know and understand the process.  The following information may be helpful to you as you learn more about the juvenile justice system.

Please Click Here to learn more about the Juvenile Justice System in Indiana, how it works, and what you and your child's rights are.