To courageously defend the accused. To demand equal justice for all. To empower our clients with inspired advocacy in the courtroom and community. We are on a mission to elevate public defense, one client at a time.
Department Budget Overview
The Office of the Public Defender (PDO) provides services for clients that cannot afford representation, including defense of persons accused of crimes or facing involuntary commitments, and representation in specialty courts including Veteran Court, Behavioral Health Court, Parole and Reentry Court.
PDO provides holistic defense, including early representation, multidisciplinary defense teams staffed by attorneys, investigators, social workers and advocates, and seamless access to support services that address the root causes of system involvement.