The Texas Indigent Defense Commission provides financial and technical support to counties to develop and maintain quality, cost-effective indigent defense systems that meet the needs of local communities and the requirements of the Constitution and state law. In addition, we require local planning for indigent defense and reporting of expenditures and provide an array of resources for counties to improve these services.

In 2001, the 77thTexas Legislature passed the Fair Defense Act (SB 7), creating the blueprint for distribution of indigent defense funding from the State of Texas to local government through the creation of the Task Force on Indigent Defense, the first state body to administer statewide appropriations and policies. During the 82nd Legislative Session (2011), Governor Perry signed House Bill 1754 into law, establishing the Texas Indigent Defense Commission, the permanent organization that renamed and replaced the Task Force.