Assigned Counsel

In order to receive assignments through Public Defense Services (PDS) you must file an application (PDF).

The application is based on the minimum requirements set forth in Commission Rule, Chapter 2: Standards for Qualifications of Assigned Counsel (PDF). If you are applying for the first time with PDS, you will have to take PDS's Minimum Standards Training in the area(s) of practice for which you want to receive assignments prior to becoming eligible. For attorneys with more than three years experience, the rule does provide the Commission with discretion to waive the initial training requirement. Please consult the rule (PDF) for more information.

The application (PDF) can be completed online and emailed to the Executive Director at