State Funding Grants

The Utah Indigent Defense Commission (IDC) protects constitutionally guaranteed liberties through ongoing support for effective indigent defense services throughout the state.

The IDC receives state appropriations to pass through to supplement indigent defense spending by Utah's local governments to help improve their indigent defense services.

The IDC awards funding to supplement local spending and to

  • Assist local governments in providing indigent defense services that meet the Commission's Core Principles for Indigent Defense Systems, to ensure effective representation of indigent individuals;
  • Establish and maintain local indigent defense case management and data collection systems;
  • Provide indigent defense services in addition to those currently provided by the system; and
  • Provide training and continuing legal education for indigent defense service providers.

IDC grant application period for the current funding year (FY20) has been reopened.  New grant applications or grant modification requests must be submitted to by November 29, 2019, to be considered for funding.

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Core Principles for Indigent Defense Systems

This document sets forth core principles for the provision of indigent defense representation in the state of Utah. By state law, the provision of indigent defense services is delegated to local governments. Link to Core Principles

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SB 203

Reimbursement forms for private, contested paternal rights termination actions and information on SB 203, “Termination of Parental Rights Amendments.” Link to forms and SB 203 page