Public Defender

Ottawa County has launched its Public Defender Office with the hiring of Robert Hamilton in October 2018. In 2013, the Michigan legislature created the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) after an advisory commission recommended improvements to the state's legal system. The MIDC works to ensure the state's public defense system is fair, cost-effective and constitutional while simultaneously protecting public safety and accountability.

At the end of 2017, each Michigan county was required to submit to the MIDC a plan for compliance with the first four approved minimum standards for indigent criminal defense services. A final plan for Ottawa County was approved in June 2018. The new Public Defender Office will become fully operational by April 2019.

If you are interested in working in the new Public Defender Office, please check our Employment Opportunities web page frequently.

Key Documents:

  • Ottawa County's Approved MIDC Compliance Plan
  • MIDC Standards (Approved Standards 1-4 and Proposed Standards 5-8)
  • MIDC Billing Form [in-process] - The MIDC is continuing to develop this form. Until the form is complete and provided to Ottawa County, attorneys may continue to submit bills to Ottawa County using their current billing method.

For more information about the MIDC, please visit the MIDC website.


1111 Fulton Street
Grand Haven, MI 49417

(616) 393-4463
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12185 James Street, Suite 170
Holland, MI 49424

(616) 393-4463
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