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2019 Justice Reform Initiative for Public Defense Reform is launched

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Welcome to the Public Defender Commission

PDC LogoSince 1989, the Indiana Public Defender Commission has served to recommend standards for indigent defense to improve the quality of public defenders in both death penalty and non-capital cases. The Commission is the standards and county funding arm of the three organizations that work to improve public defense throughout the state of Indiana. Please look below to see which service can help you with your request. Thank you for visiting our website!

News and Announcements

News and Announcements

Weekly Legislative Phone Call To Be Hosted at 3 p.m. on Fridays 

The Commisison and Public Defender Council will host a weekly phone call to update interested members of the public on the current Commission and Council legislative efforts. This phone call will be hosted through the WebEx service which will allow interested parties to view presentations and other information presented in a virtual format. Interested persons may also attend telephonically without a computer. 

The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. on Fridays, with the first phone call Friday, November 9. 

To join the meeting via a computer to view presentations, follow this link when it is time to begin the meeting. 

To join by phone only, call: 1-240-454-0887 United States Toll (San Jose).  The meeting access code is: 733 243 749

For help in signing up for this ongoing event, please contact

2018 Quarterly Requests for Reimbursement due dates: Updated Forms Released

Please visit our Forms page and download the latest versions of the Request for Reimbursement forms. Additional resources and worksheets are available on the Reimbursement Request page. 

  • 3rd Quarter 2018 due November 14, 2018

General information on Reimbursement Requests (updated 8/28/18)

2018 Commission Meetings    

  • December 12, 2018 at 2 PM EST - A brief executive session may be held beginning at 2 PM pursuant to I.C. 5-14-1.5-6.1 (b)(9), followed by the regularly scheduled meeting.

The December 12, 2018 meeting will be held  at: 

Indiana Public Defender Commission Office
309 W Washington Street, Suite 501
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Commission Subcommittee Meetings

The Commission has launced a subcommittee to review the current standards and make recommendations to the Commission on potential changes. The subcommittee meetings are open to the public.

The meeting will be held at: 

Indiana Public Defender Commission Office
309 W Washington Street, Suite 501
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Indiana Supreme Court Announces Pay Increase for Prosecutor and Deputy Prosecutor Positions

Chief Public Defenders in counties with offices must be compensated at the same rate as the elected prosecutor. Counties have until January 2019 to match the pay raises prosecutors received on 7/1/18. Please contact Commission staff with any questions.

Prosecutor Salary Table Effective July 1, 2018

Full-Time Prosecutor               $147,164
Part-Time Prosecutor (.66)      $  97,128
Part-Time Prosecutor (.6)        $  88,298
Full-Time Chief Deputy          $110,373
Part-Time Chief Deputy (.66)  $  72,846
Part-Time Chief Deputy (.6)    $  66,224

Complaint About a Judicial Officer

If you have a complaint about your public defender, please contact the local Chief Public Defender or head of your local Public Defender Board to report the issues. If you feel the attorney violated their Rules of Professional Conduct you should contact the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission to formally file your complaint. The Indiana Public Defender Commission cannot prosecute public defender misconduct.

If you believe your judge improperly denied you an attorney and your county receives Commission reimbursement please contact us.  If you believe your judge has violated the Code of Judicial Conduct, you should contact the Judicial Qualifications Commission to file a complaint.