In 2020, the Utah legislature created the Indigent Appellate Defense Division (IADD) within the Utah Indigent Defense Commission (IDC) "to provide appellate defense services in counties of the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth class."
We manage appeals arising from adult criminal convictions, findings of juvenile delinquency, and final orders to terminate parental rights.
Our goal is to ensure delivery of indigent defense services throughout the state, at the trial and appellate stages, which do not merely meet the Strickland constitutional standard for effective assistance but provide all clients the highest quality of representation.
We protect and defend our clients' rights and dignity through zealous, compassionate, and client-centered appellate advocacy.
Attention Trial Attorneys
If you are a defender and there has been a conviction, finding of delinquency, termination of parental rights, or other final order, you should file the notice of appeal as soon as possible. Absent a waiver in writing from a client, the goal is that a notice should be filed in each case. Once the court appoints appellate counsel and the counsel can review the case, the client can then decide at that point whether to withdraw. Go to the appropriate program page to find more information.