OPD is an independent State Agency. With over 900 employees (570 attorneys), OPD is the largest legal services organization in the state. The Office of the Public Defender provides legal services to eligible individuals through twelve district offices and seven specialized divisions.
Representation is provided in District Courts, Juvenile Courts, Circuit Courts, judicial bail reviews and related collateral hearings, Parental Defense Division and termination of parental rights (TPR) cases. Trial Divisions are maintained in all Circuit, District and Juvenile Courts throughout the State.