Assigned Counsel Division (ACD)

ACD, located in the central administrative office in Madison, is responsible for contracting with outside counsel to represent eligible clients. Attorneys wishing to be assigned public defender cases should review the rules for certificationbilling, and the Attorney Performance Standards.  The Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office (SPD) is committed to the continuous improvement of our partnership with the private bar.

Fixed-Fee Contract Applications Available

Under s. 977.08, the SPD is required to offer contracts to attorneys for the representation of clients at a fixed-fee in a limited number of cases. The SPD is now accepting applications for fixed-fee contracts for Ch. 51 commitment cases in Milwaukee County and for misdemeanor cases in Brown, Dane, Eau Claire, Jefferson, Kenosha, La Crosse, Marathon, Milwaukee, Outagamie, Racine, Rock, Waukesha, and Winnebago counties.


The deadline to apply is April 29.

Below are application packets and sample contracts.

FY 23 Misdemeanor RFP

FY23 Misdemeanor Sample Contract

FY23 Chapter 51 RFP

FY23 Chapter 51 Sample Contract

FY23 Contract Checklist

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Learn more about being certified to work with SPD here.