The first standards from the state’s Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) were approved late Monday (May 22) by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. This decision now begins a 180-day clock for counties to submit their compliance plans for these four particular standards:
- Education and training
- Initial client interviews
- Experts and investigators
- Presence of counsel in front of a judge
Remember, once a compliance plan has been approved, counties still do not have to comply with the standards (if they are not already complying) until state funding for those measures has been appropriated. After receipt of the funds, counties will have another 180 days to implement the changes.
If you have questions, contact Elizabeth Gorz, firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-330-2288.