The Office of the Public Defender provides legal representation to those individuals who are financially unable to secure sufficient funds to obtain legal counsel in matters where counsel is constitutionally guaranteed.
The Office of the Public Defender provides legal counsel in the following matters:
1. Where a person is charged with juvenile delinquency
2. Critical pretrial identification procedures
3. Preliminary hearings
4. State trials, including pretrial and post- trial motions
5. Superior Court appeals
6. Pennsylvania Supreme Court appeals
7. Post-conviction hearings at the trial and appellate levels
8. Criminal extradition proceedings
9. Probation and parole violation hearings
10. Any proceeding where personal liberty is in jeopardy.
The Office of the Public Defender does not provide service in the following matters:
1. Family Division matters such as divorce, child custody, support or initial PFA proceedings
2. Traffic citations, in which is no likelihood that the Magistrate will impose a jail sentence.
3. Landlord -tenant matters
For help concerning these matters, please contact one of the following: