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 in keeping with the IDC's Core System Principles, which were updated in in December 2019.
The IDC awards funding to supplement local government 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.
FY 2021 Grant Funding
Application for fiscal year 2021 grants is now available. Please go to the Grant Application page to download the required forms. Application deadline is April 9, 2020.
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