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Indigent Defense: Fair Defense Act

The mission of Indigent Defense is to improve the delivery of indigent defense services through fiscal assistance, accountability and professional support to local judicial and county officials, and to promote justice and fairness to all indigent persons accused of criminal conduct, including juvenile respondents, as provided by the laws and constitutions of the United States and Texas.

The 77th Texas Legislature, through the passage of the Fair Defense Act, established the blueprint for meaningful interaction between State and local government through the creation of the first state body to administer statewide appropriations and policies. In exchange for State fiscal assistance, the local judiciary is required to report its plan for delivering indigent defense services.

Contact Information

Tracye Sparks, Indigent Eligibility Specialist
Collin County Courthouse
2100 Bloomdale Road, Suite 20210
McKinney, TX 75071
Map

tsparks@collincountytx.gov
972-548-4617 (McKinney)
972-424-1460 ext. 4617 (Metro)
972-547-5788 (Fax)

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the court-appointed lawyer refuse to speak with me about my family member’s criminal case?

Links & Resources

Fair Defense Plan for Felony Cases
Fair Defense Plan for Misdemeanor Cases
Fair Defense Plan for Juvenile Cases

Senate Bill 7: Texas Fair Defense Act
Art. 26.04. Texas Code of Criminal Procedure

Approved Attorneys for Court Appointment


FOR NEW APPLICANTS:

Application for Attorneys to be placed on Court Appointment List – District Courts

Application for Attorneys to be placed on Court Appointment List – County Courts at Law

Application for Attorneys to be placed on Court Appointment List – Juvenile Courts


RENEWAL FORMS FOR EXISITING ATTORNEYS:

Attorney Annual Renewal Application - District Courts

Application for Attorneys to be placed on Court Appointment List – County Courts at Law

Attorney Annual Renewal Application - Juvenile Courts

 

Texas Indigent Defense Commission

Indigent Defense: Frequently Asked Questions

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