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At a Glance (as of 2013)

Percentage of state funding: 68%
Percentage of local funding: 32%
Percentage of alternative funding: 0%
State commission: yes – limited authority
Branch of government: executive


Structure & Funding of Indigent Defense Services

The Oklahoma Indigent Defense System is a state-funded agency in the executive branch that provides trial-level, appellate and post-conviction criminal defense representation to the indigent accused in 75 of the state’s 77 counties. Both Tulsa County (Tulsa) and Oklahoma County (Oklahoma City) established public defender offices prior to statewide reform and were allowed to continue to provide services outside of the OIDS system.


OIDS is overseen by a 5-person Board of Directors appointed by the governor with advice and consent of the Senate. Trial-level services are provided by staff public defenders operating out of one of six offices (Clinton, Guymon, Magnum, Norman, Okmulgee, and Sapulpa). Private attorneys under contract to OIDS provide services in conflict cases.

Statutory Authority

22 O.S.2001, § 1355 through 1356

Source of data: original research conducted by Sixth Amendment Center staff, augmented by Oklahoma County Annual Budget 2013-2014, Tulsa County Annual Budget 2013-2014, and budget information from the OIDS website.