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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 Terri.Wilson@opd.ohio.gov.
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.
Indigent Criminal Defense Training Seminars
Pursuant to Ohio Administrative Code section 120-1-10, appointed counsel in Ohio must meet specific training requirements to qualify for state reimbursement. (Learn more about the OAC qualifications on the Attorney Qualifications & Exemption Guidance page.) In order to aid attorneys in complying with the OAC, the Office of the Ohio Public Defender has compiled this partial listing of relevant training programs for the convenience of the Ohio criminal defense bar. Additionally, the Ohio State Bar Association offers a number of self-training courses, available at the OSBA's "CLE Store" page.
If you have knowledge of other Ohio criminal defense seminars that are not posted, please contact Terri Wilson at Terri.Wilson@opd.ohio.gov