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Request an Investigator or Expert

Pre-Requisites for Investigators and Experts

All requests for investigators and experts are subject to our Core Policy and Standardized Travel Policy, found on our Policies & Procedures page HERE.

Any Private Investigator you would like to engage for services must provide licensure information to the Indigent Defense Services Department as well as fill out a background check consent for access to any County jail facility. If your investigative needs are time sensitive, please review our existing courtesy list for a service provider.

Any prospective provider can submit an interest form by checking our our Apply to Our Experts and Investigators Program page, and one of our program administrators will guide them through the necessary forms and paperwork to be added to our courtesy list, background checked (if applicable) and be added to our Accounts Payable system as a payable vendor.

To request an Investigator or Expert, you are encouraged to identify a service provider and determine a general scope of services and anticipated hours necessary for the work to be completed with said provider. Investigators MUST be on our pre-existing list prior to approval as we must verify their licensure and they must submit for security clearance for entry to Wayne County jails. Prospective investigators can apply HERE.

As a courtesy resource, we have lists of providers which have previously been requested or used in Wayne County.

Once you have the scope of your request, add that information on the relevant request for services form with the specific case details and submit it to

  • Request for Investigator/Opt-Out form HERE
  • Request for Expert form HERE

In the event your request for an investigator or expert is denied and you believe the denial warrants an appeal, you can complete a Request for Appeal Regarding Investigator/Expert Services and submit it to to the attention of the Assigned Counsel Administrator within three (3) business days of denial.

Request for Appeal Regarding Investigator/Expert Services form