Indigent Defense Commission
The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
The Utah Indigent Defense Commission was created in 2016 to help the state ensure its indigent defense services are consistent with the United States and Utah Constitutions.
The IDC is collaborating with the state, local governments, indigent defense providers, and other stakeholders to: provide guidance on standards for constitutional representation, gather data and information about local indigent defense services, award grants to improve local indigent defense services, and encourage and aid in the regionalization of indigent defense services throughout the state.
The membership of the Commission includes key leaders in state and local government, criminal defense, indigent defense services, and the courts.
Utah Indigent Defense Commission
370 East South Temple, Suite 500
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Joanna Landau, Executive Director
Our agency hours are 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.