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LARA Director Shelly Edgerton has approved the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission’s(MIDC) first set of minimum standards for indigent defense delivery systems. The minimum standards involve education and training, the initial client interview, experts and investigators, and counsel at first appearance in front of a judge or magistrate and other critical stages. Edgerton’s approval follows a thorough review and a public comment period. Edgerton’s order approving the standards can be found here.
“This is an important step towards Michigan meeting constitutional requirements for the right to counsel and implementing an equal system of justice for everyone,” said MIDC Executive Director Jonathan Sacks.
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Details of all the standards can be found here.
The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission was created to establish and enforce uniform indigent defense standards throughout the state. Its members are appointed by the governor upon nominations by the Michigan Legislature, Michigan Supreme Court, State Bar of Michigan, and other stakeholders in the criminal justice system, including the general public.