(Nez Perce County)
Idaho’s counties are authorized by Idaho Code Section 19-863A to create a voluntary capital crimes defense fund (CCDF) to ease the burden of the cost of trials for death penalty cases. The CCDF is created through a Joint Powers Agreement authorized by chapter 23, title 67, Idaho Code and is administered by a seven-member Board of Directors elected by the counties. The counties on a per capita basis pay the cost of operating the CCDF.
The following steps or criteria must be met in order for a county participating in the Joint Powers Agreement to access the CCDF:
There is no direct relationship between the CCDF and the office of the State Appellate Public Defender (SAPD) created in Idaho Code Sections 19-867 through 19-872 other than counties must participate in the CCDF in order to access the services of the State Appellate Public Defender. There is also no direct relationship between the SAPD and the Attorney General’s office. The Attorney General’s office handles all appeals for the prosecution.
If you have questions about the Capital Crimes Defense Fund, please contact Dan Chadwick by calling (208) 345-9126.