Nevada Department of Indigent Defense Services (DIDS)


Vision, Mission & Goals




The mission of the Nevada Department of Indigent Defense Services (DIDS) is to assist Nevada counties in developing quality, equitable, and sustainable indigent defense systems that strengthen local communities and meet or exceed the state and federal constitutional guarantees that protect each of us.


The goals of DIDS are to build a strong and resilient statewide network of effective indigent defense providers and to support them with regular education, training, and other defense-specific resources, including experts, investigators, social workers, and other valuable tools. DIDS also seeks to create a centralized resource center that provides holistic defense services and complex litigation assistance. DIDS is working to create a pipeline program through Boyd School of Law at UNLV, to bring more qualified indigent defense attorneys into the rural areas.