The Kern County Bar Association provides leadership in advancing the professional interests of the membership and serving the legal interests of the community.

Indigent Defense Program

The Kern County Bar Association's Indigent Defense Program (IDP) acts as the alternate defender in Kern County. Through its contract with the County of Kern, the IDP represents adults and juveniles when the Public Defender's office has a conflict or otherwise cannot represent a client. Representation extends to adults and juveniles in both the criminal justice and dependency systems. After the court refers a client to the IDP, the client is referred to an attorney panel member. Panel members are Kern County Bar Association members who are rated on their skill and experience. If you have questions about the program, please contact the IDP Administrator.

Important Links


Attorney Application
Investigator Application

If you would like to become a Panel Member for the Indigent Defense Program, please complete the appropriate application above.



American Bar Association

State Bar of California

Kern County Bar Association


U.S. Supreme Court

California Courts

Kern Co. Courts

Kern Co. Superior Court Case Information


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