Indigent Defense

The indigent defense program provides legal services for persons who are constitutionally entitled to legal counsel but who are found to be indigent by the court and unable to pay for legal services. This includes criminal defendants in jeopardy of incarceration and children and parents in dependency and neglect and termination of parental rights cases. The indigent defense program is funded with general fund state tax dollars.

The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) administers the indigent defense fund, which compensates attorneys, interpreters, experts and investigators for providing services to indigent defendants. Supreme Court Rule 13 provides additional information about how attorneys and other experts are compensated for indigent defense work.

Pursuant to an order filed February 6, 2013, that effective July 1, 2013, the AOC will no longer accept paper claims from attorneys and interpreters seeking reimbursement from the Indigent Defense Fund.  Claims must be submitted on-line via the ICE system.


The ICE System will be down for maintenance during the day(s) and time(s) listed below. Please do not log in during this time frame.

  • Monday, June 26, 2017 starting at 8:00 AM and extending to 8:30 AM (Central time).

Contact Information

ICE system questions:

Amy Park
615-741-2687 or

Indigent fee claims questions:
Pam Hancock
615-741-2687 or