Salisbury attorney Darrin Jordan named Indigent Defense Services chair

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 25, 2019

By Shavonne Walker

SALISBURY — The North Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense Services recently named Salisbury attorney Darrin D. Jordan of Whitley, Jordan & Inge, P.A. its new chair.

The Office of Indigent Defense Services provides court-appointed representation to individuals who could otherwise not afford to hire an attorney in criminal cases and, to a limited degree, in civil cases.

On becoming chair, Jordan said, “It is indeed an honor to continue serving on the commission and I am humbled to have the opportunity to lead the attorneys and private citizens who make up the commission. I look forward to working in my capacity as chair with Tom Maher, executive director of the Office of Indigent Defense Services, Assistant Executive Director Whitney Fairbanks and their entire staff.”

The 13-member commission is the governing body of the Office of Indigent Defense Services, which has goals that include to recruit the best and brightest North Carolina attorneys to represent indigent defendants; to ensure that every attorney representing indigent defendants has the qualifications, training, support, resources, and consultation services they need to be effective advocates; to create a system that will eliminate the many recognized problems and conflicts caused by judges appointing and compensating defense attorneys; and to manage the state’s indigent defense fund in a more efficient and equitable manner.

Jordan has been a member of the commission since 2014 and maintains a state and federal criminal law practice in Salisbury. He has been practicing law since 1990 and was an assistant district attorney for Rowan and Cabarrus counties from 1994 to 2000.

He has been a board-certified specialist in state criminal law by the North Carolina State Bar since 2004 and has served as councilor on the North Carolina State Bar for Judicial District 19C (now Judicial District 27) from 2010 until 2018.  He practices law with Cecil L. Whitley, Robert L. Inge and W. Marlowe Rary, II.