Trial Court Performance Measures
Trial courts can appoint attorneys to represent indigent defendants in criminal matters and juveniles in delinquency cases, and all parties in child protective cases. Courts can also appoint counsel for certain individuals in mental competency, guardianship, and conservatorship proceedings. The trial court's funding unit, which is generally a county or city, compensates these court-appointed attorneys. Under Michigan Court Rule 8.123, each trial court must compile an annual report of the total public funds paid to each court-appointed attorney. Trial courts must make that information available for public inspection, without charge.