Office of the Legal Defender was created in 1995 to provide the county
an alternate indigent defense office that could render excellent legal
defense while efficiently and cost-effectively handling the burgeoning
number of indigent defense cases. Having the option of assigning
conflict and overflow cases to another county agency allowed the county
to significantly reduce the costs of directing these cases to private
Staffing & Services Provided
The founding philosophy of the Office of the Legal Defender, which concentrated on acquiring exceptional staff and providing them with modern equipment, quickly attracted experienced and respected attorneys and support staff. Initially, the Office operated with eight attorneys and five support staff members handling only criminal matters.
The Office expanded to a professional staff of well over one hundred employees, and handles criminal matters, civil matters in juvenile dependency / severance cases, civil mental health cases, as well as criminal appeals.
Maintaining High Standards
Throughout the years of operations, the Office has maintained its high standards of traditional representation while incorporating the latest technology in an economical fashion.