|(a) The Texas Legislature authorized the Texas Indigent
Defense Commission (Commission) to assist counties in providing indigent
defense services in the county and distribute in the form of grants
any funds appropriated for this purpose. It further authorized the
Commission to monitor grants and enforce compliance by counties with
grant terms. Subchapters A - D of this chapter apply to all indigent
defense grants awarded to counties by the Commission. Subchapter A
of this chapter covers the general provisions for funding. Subchapter
B of this chapter addresses funding types, eligibility, and general
provisions of grant funding. Subchapter C of this chapter sets out
the rules related to administering grants. Subchapter D of this chapter
specifies rules regarding fiscal and program monitoring and audits.
(b) Only counties in Texas are eligible to receive
grants from the Commission.
(c) The Commission may distribute grants in accordance
with its policies and based on official submissions and reports provided
by the counties. These funds must be used to improve indigent defense
systems in the county and are subject to all applicable conditions
contained in this chapter.