Standards

Core System Principles

Adopted by the IDC in August 2017, these are the core principles for the provision of constitutionally adequate indigent defense representation in the State of Utah. These principles encompass the provision of indigent defense services in three defined areas of practice—criminal defense, delinquency defense, and parental defense. However, specific guidance for attorneys representing parents and children is also provided in the separate principles linked below.

The purpose of these principles is threefold:

  1. to give guidance to government officials, policymakers, and other entities who are charged with providing, overseeing, assessing, and/or funding indigent defense systems;
  2. to provide a yardstick for measuring the extent to which an indigent defense system ensures that individual attorneys within that system have the knowledge, ability, resources, and independence necessary to provide effective representation; and
  3. to encourage appointed counsel to perform to a high standard of representation and promote professionalism in the representation of indigent individuals in Utah.
Core Principles for Appointed Attorneys Representing Youth in Delinquency Proceedings

The IDC promulgated the Core Principles for Appointed Attorneys Representing Youth in Delinquency Proceedings in February 2018 to provide advisory guidance to indigent defense systems, delinquency defense attorneys, and other juvenile court stakeholders.

Core Principles for Appointed Attorneys Representing Indigent Parents in Child Welfare Proceedings

The IDC adopted the Core Principles for Appointed Attorneys Representing Indigent Parents or Legal Guardians in Child Welfare Proceedings in February 2018 to provide advisory guidance to indigent defense systems, parent attorneys, and other juvenile court stakeholders.