Updates

Indigent Defense Budget Updates

The Office of the Ohio Public Defender (OPD) has created this webpage in an effort to provide indigent defense system parties and stakeholders with information concerning the State Fiscal Year 2020 and Fiscal Year 2021 indigent defense budget. Please contact the OPD's Policy & Outreach Division, at 614.466.5394, with any questions.

Ohio Fee Schedules by County

Memo From The Ohio Public Defender Regarding The Indigent Defense Budget And Data Collection

Click here to read the memo from the OPD.

Letter From The Office of the Ohio Public Defender Regarding Indigent Defense Improvement And Increased Reimbursement

The Office of the Ohio Public Defender wrote a letter to the County Commissioners Association of Ohio in October 2019 regarding Ohio's indigent defense system and reimbursement. Click here to read the letter from the OPD.

Memo From The Ohio Public Defender Commission Regarding Indigent Defense Budget

The Ohio Public Defender Commission and the Office of the Ohio Public Defender (OPD) are excited to announce that Governor DeWine and the Ohio General Assembly have allocated $59,020,000 additional dollars in the State Budget to reimburse counties for indigent defense costs for Fiscal Year 2020 (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020) and $95,000,000 for Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021) Click here to read the memo from the OPD Commission on this significant increase to indigent defense funding. 

Ohio State Bar Association's Resolution to Support Increased Rates for Appointed Counsel

The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) recently issued a resolution to support an increase to appointed counsel rates of pay. Click here to download a copy of the resolution. Thank you to the OSBA for their continued support of the indigent defense system!

Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Resolution to Support Increased Rates for Appointed Counsel

The Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (OACDL) recently issued a resolution to support an increase to appointed counsel rates of pay. Click here to download a copy of the resolution. Thank you to OACDL for their continued support of the indigent defense system!