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.

Our Purpose

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.

IDC Core Principles for Indigent Defense Systems

Core System Principles

Delinquency Core Principles

Core Principles for Appointed Attorneys Representing Indigent Parents

IDC Grant Application

State and Local Indigent Defense Application with Checklist

Indigent Defense Commission Application Questionnaire


Utah Cities: Indigent Defense Responsibilities

List of Indigent Defense Systems in Utah

The Utah Indigent Defense Act

The Utah Judicial Council Report on the Representation of Indigent Criminal Defendants in Trial Courts

The Sixth Amendment Center’s Report on the Right to Counsel in Utah

IDC Quarterly Expenditures

Annual Reports

Contact Information
Utah Indigent Defense Commission
370 East South Temple, Suite 500
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

Joanna Landau, Director
Office: 801-532-3802
Cell: 801-209-5440
Fax: 801-532-3897

Our agency hours are 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.