During the week of March 30th, we are issuing payments on Tuesday March 31 and Thursday April 2 We are paying fee applications received in Raleigh through approximately March 20.
During the week of April 6th, we will be issuing payments on Tuesday April 7 and Thursday April 9.

At this time, IDS is fully operating but all staff are working remotely with intermittent access to the office. We continue to receive mail from the Clerks' offices around the state and to process payments to private assigned counsel and experts. Please keep in mind that the remote process is a little slower.

Please check this website frequently for updates and helpful information.

If you have not yet signed up for electronic deposit, please do so. That helps our staff minimize time in the office handling physical checks and lessens risk of delayed mail.
Experts who are appointed by the court (eg noncapital cases) should submit their invoices by email to Judicial.Ids.Experts@nccourts.org rather than fax or mail, if at all possible.
Rather than returning fee applications with missing info or questions, we will try to email you. However, if there are missing signatures or incorrect rates we will have to return via the Clerks office.

Helpful information for appointed counsel & experts

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Our Mission

Safeguarding individual liberty and the Constitution by equipping the North Carolina public defense community with the resources it needs to achieve fair and just outcomes for clients

Our Goals

  • Recruit the best and brightest North Carolina attorneys to represent indigent clients
  • Ensure that every attorney representing indigent clients has the qualifications, training, support, resources, and consultation services they need to be effective advocates
  • Create a system that will eliminate the many recognized problems and conflicts caused by judges appointing and compensating public defense attorneys; and to manage the state’s indigent defense fund in a more efficient and equitable manner
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Whitney B. Fairbanks
Interim Executive Director