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TTA Recipient : Texas Indigent Defense Commission
Type of Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) : Strategic Planning
Area of Focus : Assist TIDC to prioritize and undertake action items relating to indigent defense funding, oversight, and system building in the state’s 254 counties.
We are also working with the Texas Indigent Defense Commission to:
Survey defense counsel to assess current attitudes and practices and to determine effective ways to encourage use of experts, investigators, and other support personnel.
Examine relevant data relating to the use of investigators and experts by assigned counsel in both felony and misdemeanor cases.
Asses whether investigators and experts are being properly used in public defender offices and managed assigned counsel programs.
Recommend the best ways to improve the use of investigators and experts such as through the creation of performance standards, CLE requirements, rulemaking, data collection and analysis, enhanced training, mentorship, the creation and funding of pilot projects other initiatives.
Create a training program for criminal defense attorneys (including both institutional defenders and the court appointed bar) on the uses and benefits of experts, investigators, and other support personnel.
TTA Recipient : Armstrong and Potter counties, Texas (Amarillo)
Type of Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) : Assessment
Area of Focus : Assessment of trial-level adult representation.