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Many states have conducted workload studies for the purpose of developing caseload standards that are tailored to their own legal environments. This report is the culmination of a year-long study of the workload associated with providing public defense in Idaho. The study tracked how much time Idaho attorneys spend on specific tasks associated with indigent defense cases as well as attorneys’ perceptions of the average amount of time specific tasks and cases require for adequate and effective defense. This is the first time Idaho-specific data regarding indigent defense workloads across the state has been collected and analyzed. This report does not prescribe indigent defense workload standards; rather, the information presented here, and the data supporting it, is intended to inform future discussions and decisions made concerning caseload guidelines for Idaho’s public defense system.


This report was prepared by the Idaho Policy Institute at Boise State University.