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. The Commission publishes these local plans on its website for all to view. The law also requires local county auditors to annually report county expenditures pertaining to criminal indigent defense services. The county expenditure reports are also published on the Commission website.
Renamed the Texas Indigent Defense Commission effective September 1, 2011.