Policy & Outreach

"When you are afraid, when you are angry, when you allow a fear and anger to shape policies, you will abuse other human beings, you will treat people unfairly and you will create injustice."

Bryan Stevenson

About Policy & Outreach

The Policy & Outreach Division is the agency’s public face outside of courtrooms, handling the agency’s media and social media, legislation, and administrative policy. The Division also serves as the main point of contact for county indigent defense systems and oversees reimbursement to the counties. Policy & Outreach is responsible for enforcing the Ohio Public Defender Commission’s standards and the agency’s guidelines.

County Assessment & Reimbursement

The County Assessment & Reimbursement Program processes payments to reimburse counties for the operation of their indigent defense systems. These systems include county public defender offices, court-appointed counsel systems, and contracts with not-for-profit organizations.
More information about the County Assessment & Reimbursement Program can be found on our website Reimbursement Section.

Ohio Administrative Code

The Ohio Public Defender Commission substantially revised Chapter 120 of the Ohio Administrative Code, effective December 1, 2015. The new OAC can be found online here.
Pursuant to Ohio Administrative Code section 120-1-10, appointed counsel must meet the following requirements to qualify for state reimbursement:
Adult Appeals                  
Juvenile Cases                  
An attorney who does not meet the training and experience requirements of OAC 120-1-10 may request an exemption from the Ohio Public Defender Commission for exceptional circumstances. Attorneys seeking an exemption should complete the Exceptional Circumstances Exemption Request form below. The form includes instructions and more information on how exemption requests are considered.

OPD Standards of Representation

These standards promote quality representation and uniformity of practice throughout Ohio for attorneys who represent juveniles in delinquency cases and adults in criminal cases. The standards were written with the difficulties of day-to-day practice in mind, but also with the goal of improving the quality of representation. While adjustments may be necessary to apply these standards in practice, jurisdictions should strive to meet their fundamental principles and spirit.
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