- The state is running low on public defenders and the Director of the Office of Public Defense says the situation is dire.
Between growing caseloads and attorneys quitting faster than they’re getting hired, defenders are working around the clock to represent those who can’t afford attorneys on their own. View the full story.
- The Office of Public Defense (OPD) has asked the court to restrict assignments of new clients to public defenders unless their current open caseload is below 60 percent of the state’s current caseload limits. OPD has also asked the court to order a 90-day moratorium on the assignment of new felony out-of-custody clients to public defenders beginning Jan. 1, 2024. “The state criminal public defense system is in crisis,” said OPD Director Larry Jefferson.
The application process is now open to apply for attorney representation on your case. Cases will start being assigned to attorneys on January 1, 2024.