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At a Glance (as of 2013)

Percentage of state funding: 100%
Percentage of local funding: 0%
Percentage of alternate funding: 0%
State commission: none
Branch of government: executive


Structure & Funding of Indigent Defense Services

The Iowa State Public Defender Office is a statewide, state-funded executive branch agency that oversees representation services in all 99 counties for appeals, felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile delinquency and dependency cases. Most direct services are provided through 18 branch offices, with each office staffed by full time attorneys and support staff. The agency also contracts with more than 1,000 private attorneys and several nonprofit organizations throughout Iowa to provide court-appointed representation in counties without public defender offices, as well as conflict matters.


Statutory Authority

Iowa Rev. Stats. Chapter 13B (structure). Chapter 815 (attorney compensation and fees).

Source of data: original research conducted by Sixth Amendment Center staff.