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At a Glance (as of 2013)

Percentage of state funding: 100%
Percentage of local funding: 0%
Percentage of alternative funding: 0%
State commission: yes
Brach of government: judicial


Structure & Funding of Indigent Defense Services

The Minnesota Board of Public Defense is a state-funded, seven-member commission whose members are appointed by the state supreme court (4) and governor (3). The Board oversees the delivery of public defense services in the state’s 10 judicial districts. In each district, the Board appoints a chief public defender that manages all public defense services within that district, whether through public defender offices or contracts or rosters of private assigned counsel. In other words, the Board sets policy, and it is each chief public defender’s responsibility to ensure compliance with such policies.


Statutory Authority

Minn. Stat. § 611.215

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