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Attorney Training and the Ohio Administrative Code

About This Page

In order to ensure that indigent Ohioans receive the best representation possible, the Ohio Public Defender Commission has established training and experience standards for all attorneys paid via reimbursement from our office. The portion of the OAC containing these standards can be found here.


This section of our website is designed to aid attorneys in complying with the OAC requirements. It includes a list of upcoming training programs, links to self-study courses, information about OPD’s Forensic Training Unit, and materials from past OPD-organized training events. If you have questions about training, please contact Terri Wilson at


NOTE: When OAC section 120-1-10 (F), describing third-degree felony qualifications, was recently revised, a typographical error was introduced into that section. In order to qualify to represent individuals charged with third-degree felonies, attorneys need only meet meet subsections (F)(1) and (2); (F)(3) was included in error and will be removed when the section is next edited.

Training and Experience Requirements, by Case Type

Below are a number of charts explaining the requirements for attorneys pursuant to Ohio Administrative Code section 120-1-10, broken down by case type:
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.