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Fall 2023 Application to the Managed Assigned Counsel Roster for Calendar Year 2024

The application period will run from 12:01 a.m. 10/30/2023 through 11:59 p.m. 11/30/2023. You can find more information on our Apply to our Attorney Roster page HERE. We encourage all attorneys whether new to criminal practice or new to Wayne County to apply!

To see our Policies, click HERE

To sign up as a Private Investigator or Expert Witness, click HERE

If you are currently working an assigned case and would like to request a Private Investigator or Expert Witness, click HERE

To review a courtesy list of Private Investigators and Expert Witnesses already in our records, click HERE

Facilitating Effective Representation for the Accused

Supporting Assigned Counsel

Seeking a Fair and Just Criminal Justice System

Wayne County's Indigent Defense Services Department (IDSD), formerly Office of Public Defense Services (OPDS) was launched in August 2020, with the hiring of its Director. The IDSD will manage the County's indigent defense system, including both the public defender office component and the private assigned counsel component of felony cases assigned to criminal defense counsel. Wayne County's approximately 16,000 assignments of counsel are presently allocated to the Neighborhood Defender Service Detroit (35%), and private counsel qualified by the Third Circuit Court to accept assignments (65%).

The IDSD will also be responsible for developing and implementing plans for compliance with standards of the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC). Approved standards include training of assigned counsel, ensuring counsel at the first court appearance, prompt visitation between assigned counsel and clients, access to investigators and experts, and most recently, indpendence from the judiciary.

The IDSD is funded through annual state grants from the MIDC, as well as funding received from the County.