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What is the Indigent Criminal Defense Program?
The Los Angeles County Bar Association began operating the Indigent Criminal Defense Appointments Program for the Central District of Los Angeles County in January 1986. On August 16, 1994, in accordance with Penal Code Section 987.2(d), the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors approved a county-wide contract expanding ICDA. The Program currently provides private attorneys to represent indigent criminal defendants in the Los Angeles County Superior Courts when the Public Defender (PD) and the Alternative Public Defender (APD) are unavailable or have a conflict.
Currently about 330 panel lawyers handle all county-wide indigent criminal defense appointments on all misdemeanor, felony, death penalty, and sexually violent predator cases. In the year 2012, ICDA lawyers were appointed on approximately 16,000 cases and staffed all Los Angeles County Superior Courts on a daily basis.
Over the years ICDA has been called to handle special assignments for the court. For instance, following the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles, 150 panel attorneys provided 700 hours of pro bono arraignment services to help the Court clear 1,200 riot-related cases, ICDA attorneys handled close to 530 arraignments during a one-week span, virtually working around the clock. Similarly, in 2000, during the Democratic National Convention, ICDA attorneys volunteered to staff the arraignment courts to handle demonstration related cases.
The ICDA Program is administered by an administrator and five full-time program assistants and is supervised by a full-time Directing Attorney. The Directing Attorney, in conjunction with an executive committee, handles member qualifications, discipline, financial audits, rules and procedures, new member trainings and CLE seminars.
How can ICDA staff be contacted?
The ICDA Administrative Staff and Directing Attorney are available at the Los Angeles County Bar Association weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The telephone number is (213) 896-6437.
How are cases assigned to ICDA attorneys?
The attorneys who participate In the ICDA Program are assigned cases on a rotational basis, in order to ensure a fair distribution of the cases. Participating attorneys are designated as misdemeanor and felony grades I through V, depending on their qualifications, and are matched with cases similarly graded according to the seriousness of the case and the skills and experience required. Attorneys handle their assigned cases to completion and submit bills for payment to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Certain cases such as Health & Safety 11350 violations, probation violations, bench warrant pick-ups and line-ups, are handled on a non-rotational basis. Attorneys are also scheduled in courts around the county on a daily basis to handle arraignments and conflicts. These "duty day" attorneys are appointed on all misdemeanors, non-rotational felonies, and one felony case in their grade. The other new felony cases are assigned on a rotational basis.
How are ICDA attorneys and cases classified?
Membership in ICDA is open to all lawyers who meet the qualification standards. Attorneys are classified into six grades and are assigned cases in their grade and the next lower grades as well.
MISDEMEANORS: All misdemeanors and Traffic Violations.
What are the scheduled fees for ICDA attorneys?
Capital murder cases are paid on a flat-fee contract.
Billing questions can be answered by PACE Management at (213) 974-7541
What impact can the Bench have on ICDA attorneys?
Members of the Bench play an important role in helping ICDA maintain the high standards expected of its attorneys. We rely on the Courts to notify us if an attorney:
Violations of the above-mentioned rules are grounds for suspension and/or termination from the ICDA Program. In addition, an attorney who has been suspended, disbarred, or has resigned from the State Bar of California will automatically be removed from the ICDA program
The Los Angeles County Bar Association, the ICDA Committee and Staff are very proud of ICDA's: