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Indigent Defense

Having access to competent legal counsel when charged with a serious criminal offense is a right afforded to everyone under both state and federal laws.  The 506th Judicial District Court supports the policies of the State of Texas as promulgated by the Texas Indigent Defense Commission in the appointment and compensation of attorneys appointed to represent the indigent.

Attorney Reporting Requirements:

Beginning in 2014, Article 26.04(j) of the Code of Criminal Procedure requires all attorneys who accept criminal appointments in both adult and juvenile cases to submit an annual report that describes the percentage of practice time dedicated to work on those appointed cases. Attorneys must submit the report for each county in which they accept appointments. The Texas Indigent Defense Commission is the responsible agency for gathering such information. Attorneys should read and comply with the requirements in the attached Attorney Reporting Instructions and Forms (see below).

Attorney Reporting Instructions & Form (C.C.P. 26.04j)

Indigent Defense Plans and Attorney Appointments

Waller County indigent defendants are represented through contract attorneys who serve under a one-year contract for a fixed annual compensation. For fiscal year (calendar year) 2017, contract attorneys for felony and misdemeanor/juvenile clients will receive $52,000.00 annually, payable in monthly increments.  Interested attorneys may apply for a contract position as provided for under the Waller County Indigent Defense Plan. To obtain a copy of the Notice of Opportunity and Application, either see the link below or contact the Court Coordinator. In addition, you will need an Application for Appointment. See the link below for a copy of the instructions for filing the Application or contact the Court Coordinator. A copy of a sample contract may also be obtained by contacting the Court Coordinator.

In Grimes County, each trial court maintains its own list of eligible attorneys who may be appointed to indigent defense cases. The 506th Judicial District Court endeavors to maintain no more than eight attorneys on its list in order to give interested attorneys enough business to make it economically feasible to participate.  Interested attorneys should file an Application for Appointment directly with the Court. See the link below for a copy of the instructions for the Attorney's Application for Appointment, or contact the Court Coordinator.

If you are a defendant requesting appointment of counsel, please fill out the Request for Appointment of Attorney form found by clicking the link below. File that Request for Appointment with the District Clerk of the county where your charges are pending.

Waller County Notice of Opportunity - 2018

Waller County Instructions for Application - 2018

Grimes County Application for Appointment List

Grimes County Felony Fee Schedule

FOR DEFENDANTS: Request for Appointment of Attorney