The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) was created by legislation in 2013 with the goal to ensure the state’s public defense system is fair, cost-effective and constitutional while simultaneously protecting public safety and accountability.

The MIDC is required to publish minimum standards that are meant to ensure indigent criminal defendants are receiving effective assistance of counsel in every Michigan County.  

Grand Traverse County has adopted a compliance plan that requires the County to develop a group of well qualified and experienced criminal defense attorneys who are to provide adequate representation to indigent criminal defendants at every stage of a criminal proceeding in compliance with the MIDC standards.

In 2019, Grand Traverse County selected Paul Jarboe, a Traverse City attorney, to serve as Grand Traverse County’s MIDC Counsel Coordinator. Mr. Jarboe has the responsibility to maintain compliance with MIDC standards and oversee the group of criminal defense attorneys who represent indigent defendants in the 86th District Court and 13th Circuit Court.    

  1. Paul Jarboe

    MIDC Counsel Coordinator

  2. MIDC

    Physical Address
    Jarboe & Pfeil, Attorneys
    125 Park Street, Suite 315
    Traverse City, MI 49686