Indiana Supreme Court
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste. 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Derrick Mason
Staff Attorney
derrick.mason@courts.in.gov

Kathleen Casey
Staff Attorney
kathleen.casey@courts.in.gov


Pho: 317-232-2542
Fax: 317-233-6586

Public Defender Commission

Public Defender Commission

Supreme Court Seal Since 1989, The Indiana Public Defender Commission has served to recommend standards for indigent defense in capital cases, to adopt guidelines of salary and fee schedules for individual county reimbursement eligibility, and to review and approve requests for reimbursement in capital cases. In 1993, the responsibility of the Commission was expanded... More about the Commission »


News & Announcements

NOTICE: CHINS and Termination Caseload Counting Rules and Caseload Maximums Have Been Changed Effective the Fourth Quarter of 2015

  • Commission Guideline for Standard J has been updated to require that each Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) case appointment be reported separately, and in addition to, the underlying Child In Need of Services (CHINS) case effective for the fourth quarter of 2015. These cases shall be counted as one case per parent, the same as CHINS cases.
  • Commission Standard J has been updated to increase caseload maximums for CHINS and TPR cases by 20% and 25% for inadequately staffed offices and adequately staffed offices, respectively. THIS STANDARD WILL BE RE-EVALUATED AT THE JUNE 8, 2016 COMMISSION MEETING.

2015-16 Quarterly Requests for Reimbursement due dates:

  • 1st Quarter 2016 due May 13, 2016
  • 2nd Quarter 2016 due August 15, 2016
  • 3rd Quarter 2016 due November 14, 2016


2016 Commission Meetings    

  • June 8, 2016 at 2 PM EST - A brief executive session may be held beginning at 2 PM pursuant to I.C. 5-14-1.5-6.1 (b)(9), followed by the regularly scheduled meeting.
  • September 21, 2016 at 2 PM EST - A brief executive session may be held beginning at 2 PM pursuant to I.C. 5-14-1.5-6.1 (b)(9), followed by the regularly scheduled meeting.
  • December 14, 2016 at 2 PM EST - A brief executive session may be held beginning at 2 PM pursuant to I.C. 5-14-1.5-6.1 (b)(9), followed by the regularly scheduled meeting.

Commission meetings are held at:

30 South Meridian Street, Room 804 (8th Floor)
Indianapolis, IN 46204