Smith County, Texas (FOX51) — Smith County will receive $100,000 for indigent defense.
The Smith County Commissioners Court announced today that the county has received more than $100,000 after apploying for a state grant to supplement the rising costs of indigent defense.
The Smith County Commissioners Court thanked the Auditor's Office today for applying for the funds through the Texas Indigent Defense Commission (TDIC) after a costly trial in fiscal year 2013.
Smith County is one of the five counties in the state of Texas to resceive reimbursement funds for indigent defense.
"Indigent defense is a required function of county government and we are very excited to receive additional funds to support the rising costs of this mandate," said County Judge, Joel Baker.
The TIDC awared a total of $628,108 to Austin, Dimmit, Kleberg, Smith, and Willacy County for extraordinary indigent defense expenditures in a case of series or cases.
To be eligible for these grants, counties must demonstrate the extraordinary nature of the case or series of cases and direct litigation costs for indigent defense services are the only allowable expenditures.