In August 2000, the North Carolina General Assembly passed the Indigent Defense Services Act of 2000 (“IDS Act”), which created the Office of Indigent Defense Services (“IDS Office”) and its 13-member governing body, the Commission on Indigent Defense Services (“IDS Commission”).  On July 1, 2001, IDS assumed a number of responsibilities, including:  1) overseeing the provision of legal representation to indigent defendants and others entitled to counsel under North Carolina law; 2) developing training, qualification, and performance standards to govern the provision of legal services to indigent persons; 3) determining the most appropriate methods of delivering legal services to indigent persons in each judicial district; and 4) providing services in the most cost-effective manner possible....  More

Defender District 29A Revised Indigent Appointment Plan
IDS Resource Card
Uniform Indigent Appointment Plan and Related Information
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FY19 Effective Pay Rate Overhead Report
North Carolina Office Public Defender Workload Assessment, February 2019

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2019 NAPD Creative Advocacy Grant


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Thomas K. Maher
Executive Director