Attorney Resources

Application for List of Approved Indigent Defense Providers

In accordance with NRS 180.430, the Department must maintain a list of qualified indigent defense providers. This list will in turn be used by counties for selecting contract and panels of appointed indigent defense providers. Attorneys employed, or seeking employment, by county or state public defender offices need not apply. The link provides an online application.

Application for List of Qualified Contract and Appointed Counsel

Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy Training for Indigent Defense Providers

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is providing access to Public Defenders to train on the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy requirements for handling Criminal Justice Information (CJI). It is encouraged by DPS that all individuals that have access to criminal justice information should take this training. PLEASE NOTE: DPS is not taking a stance on how and when criminal history information will be disseminated, but is providing access to the training so that if it is disseminated, individuals will be aware of the confidentiality requirements. 

This training does not provide access to the criminal histories, but can hopefully assist in your ability to obtain them in your jurisdiction as it provides a training on the confidentiality requirements.

To set up an account for your office, please contact (or have your designee contact): Silviu Dima,


Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System
Ten Principles (pdf)
Standards for Criminal Justice: Prosecution & Defense Function, 3d ed. (1993)
ABA Standards for the Defense Function (blackletter pdf)
Eight Guidelines of Public Defense Related to Excessive Workloads (2009)
ABA Eight Guidelines Related to Excessive Workloads (ABA pdf)
Guidelines for the Appointment and Performance of Defense Counsel in Death Penalty Cases (2003)
ABA Death Penalty Guidelines (pdf)
Supplementary Guidelines for the Mitigation Function of Defense Teams in Death Penalty Cases (2008)
ABA Supplementary Guidelines for Death Penalty Mitigation (pdf)
Formal Opinion 06-441 re: ethical obligation of public defenders with excessive caseloads (2006)
ABA Formal Opinion 06-411b (pdf)