Introduced by Sen. Bruce Caswell (R) on April 10, 2013, to create a Michigan indigent defense commission to establish statewide standards and accountability measures for court-appointed attorneys who represent indigent criminal defendants, and establish a process by which all counties in the state would be required to conform with the standards. If a local failed to adopt them, the commission could take over its indigent defense administration, and impose a gradually increasing portion of the state’s costs for this, up to 40 percent. Locals would be responsible for maintaining funding at current levels, and all this would be subject to a detailed appeals process. The bill authorizes but does not fund state grants to cover increased costs.
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 10, 2013.
Substitute offered in the Senate on June 13, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 13, 2013.