Michigan Indigent Defense Commission

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission was created by PA 93 of 2013, signed into law by Governor Snyder in July of 2013. The Commission will be housed within the judicial branch of state government and comprised of 15 members appointed by the Governor with recommendation of the Legislature, Supreme Court, the State Bar, and representing interests from the criminal justice system. The Chief Justice or a designee would also serve as an ex-officio non-voting member. Commission members will serve four-year terms.
The Commission will be charged with:
  • Collecting and compiling data necessary for the review of indigent defense services in Michigan;
  • Creating standards to ensure all systems providing indigent defense meet constitutional obligations for effective assistance of counsel;
  • Submitting for approval any new standards to the Michigan Supreme Court, creating an added layer of review;
  • Developing requirements by which a person may establish a claim of indigence so those truly in need of a public defender will have access to one; and
  • Working with counties to implement plans to meet the standards.

Click here to access the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission homepage

Contact
Jonathan Sacks
Executive Director
Michigan Indigent Defense Commission
Phone: 517-648-3143
200 N. Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48933
Michiganidc.gov
Members
Thomas Boyd, Okemos
Represents member submitted by the Michigan District Judges Association
Term expires April 1, 2018
Nancy Diehl, Detroit
Represents members submitted by the State Bar of Michigan
Term expires April 1, 2018
Jim Fisher, Hastings
Represents members submitted by the Michigan Judges Association
Term expires April 1, 2018
Gary Walker, of Marquette
Represents former prosecuting attorneys or former assistant county prosecuting attorneys
Term expires April 1, 2018
Derek King, Ceresco
Represents local units of government
Term expires April 1, 2019
VACANT
Represents members submitted by the chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court
Term expires April 1, 2019

David Schuringa, Grandville
Represents the general public
Term expires April 1, 2019

Frank Eaman, Huntington Woods
Represents member submitted by the Criminal Defense Attorney Association of Michigan
Term expires April 1, 2020

Brandy Robinson, Detroit
Represents those whose primary mission or purpose is to advocate for minority interests
Term expires April 1, 2020

WIlliam Swor, Grosse Pointe Woods
Represents members submitted by the Criminal Defense Attorney Association of Michigan
Term expires April 1, 2020

John Shea, Chelsea
Represents member submitted by the Criminal Defense Attorney Association of Michigan
Term expires April 1, 2020
Joseph Haveman, Holland
Represents members submitted by the Speaker of the House of Representatives
Term expires April 1, 2021
 
Thomas McMillin, Rochester Hills
Represents members submitted by the Speaker of the House of Representatives
Term expires April 1, 2021
 
Michael Puerner, Ada
Represents members submitted by the Senate Majority Leader
Term expires April 1, 2021
 
Jeffrey Collins, Detroit
Represents members submitted by the Senate Majority Leader
Term expires April 1, 2021