Public Defender

Provides legal representation to all persons, including children, who are financially unable to employ counsel in criminal proceedings. Services which may be requested by a defendant or ordered by a court include representation in criminal, juvenile, mental health and certain civil proceedings triable in the Superior Court. Limited appellate representation in the state and federal court system may also be provided while the public defender is representing the defendant in the trial court.

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First Governmental Criminal Defense Firm in the United States
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Year Anniversary Celebrated in 2014

“My vision for the modern Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office — the nation’s oldest and largest Public Defender — includes being the best advocates, and helping to bring resources to clients in need, with the goal of improving the lives of all Los Angeles County residents."

Ricardo D. García

Public Defender

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