Public Defender


The Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender protects the fundamental rights of all individuals by providing effective legal representation for indigent people facing criminal charges and mental health commitments, when appointed by the Maricopa County Superior and Justice Courts.


The Office annually provides legal representation in over 35,000 cases for individuals who are not able to afford the services of private lawyers.


Today, in addition to over 210 Attorneys, the Office employs over 220 support staff members including but not limited to:
  • Initial Services Specialists
  • Investigators
  • Law Clerks
  • Legal Secretaries
  • Mitigation Specialists
  • Paralegals
The Office utilizes a team approach to provide the best quality representation to its clients.


The provided email contact is not intended to establish, to solicit, or to receive legal inquiries. The transmission of such a message through this connection will not, and should not be construed to, create an attorney-client relationship between the Office of the Maricopa County Public Defender (MCPD) and you or anyone else.

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To contact a Maricopa County Public Defender attorney, call the office directly.

The Maricopa County Public Defender's Office strongly discourages the use of email communication for the transmission of confidential or sensitive information. Do not send personal and/or confidential information to any MCPD attorney(s) unless, or until, you have been expressly authorized or directed to do so.