Public Accountability Report Public Accountability Report

State Appellate Defender, Office of the
(Appropriated Spending in Thousands)
  FY 2019 FY 2018
Reporting Programs Expenditures Headcount Expenditures Headcount
Indigent Appellate Defense Statewide $ 21,944.2 235.0 $ 20,541.6 230.0
Non-Reporting Programs
Alice Washington vs. OSAD  $ 1,067.0 N/A $ 0.0 N/A
Juvenile Defender Resource Center  $ 251.1 3.0 $ 0.0 N/A
Expungement Program  $ 113.0 1.0 $ 110.4 2.0
Statewide Training to Public Defenders  $ 68.0 N/A $ 60.8 N/A
Law Student Program  $ 54.3 N/A $ 0.0 N/A
Rural Defense Program  $ 0.0 N/A $ 125.2 N/A
Totals $ 23,497.6 239.0 $ 20,838.0 232.0

Totals may not add due to rounding.

Agency Narrative

The principal function of the Office of the State Appellate Defender (OSAD) is to represent indigent persons on appeal in criminal cases when appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court, the Appellate Court, or the Circuit Court. The Administrative Office is located in Springfield, with district offices in each of the five appellate court districts -- Chicago, Elgin, Ottawa, Springfield, and Mt. Vernon.

Effective January 1, 2004, people with qualifying arrests and convictions may petition the court of their sentencing county for an expungement or a sealing of their record. This agency has the responsibility to disseminate pertinent information regarding this program via brochures, the agency website, and a toll-free telephone number. OSAD’s expungement unit, with one office located in Springfield, receives an average of 200 emails per month, 140 phone calls to the hotline, and 185 phone calls per month requesting information about expungement and sealing of records. An average of 175 information packets per month are sent to Illinois residents requesting forms and additional information. Upon request, OSAD staff attorneys participate in community events to promote public awareness of expungement and sealing availability. This last fiscal year, OSAD participated in 28 community events.

The Illinois legislature provided funding for the Juvenile Defender Resource Center for the first time in fiscal year 2019, and the Center opened its doors in September 2018. It is staffed by two attorneys with extensive juvenile experience and an office associate. The Center is housed in OSAD’s Administrative Office in Springfield. In its first year, the Center created an information website for attorneys, participated in eight MCLE trainings, responded to over 50 attorney inquiries for assistance, provided critical support for attorneys assigned to youth serving unconstitutional life and de facto life sentences, and trained a cadre of juvenile defenders as certified JTIP trainers to maximize the Center’s ability to provide comprehensive, statewide training to attorneys. Works in progress this year include a motion and documents bank, drafting an Illinois-specific Juvenile Practitioner’s Guide, and preparing for online, on-demand MCLE trainings.

On August 10, 2018, OSAD and the Illinois Public Defender Association presented a reprise of the June 8, 2018, one-day regional seminar “Self Defense: Witness Prep and Direct Examination.” On October 12 and 13, 2018, the Illinois Public Defender Association presented its Fall 2018 Seminar in Springfield. The 2019 Jamie Kunz Trial Advocacy Program for Illinois Public Defenders was held at the IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law from Monday, March 18, through Friday, March 22, 2019.

On May 10 and 11, 2019, the Illinois Public Defender Association presented its Spring 2019 Seminar at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre Hotel, and on June 21, 2019, OSAD and the Illinois Public Defender Association presented “Object to Win: Get Acquittals by Using the Illinois Rules of Evidence.”