Defender Program

The Court Administrator also oversees the operations of the Defender Program.  The Defender Program appoints counsel for defendants who are charged with a felony and are financially unable to hire an attorney of their choice. Approximately 100 local attorneys serve on the roster for felony appointments in the Circuit Court, and approximately 2,000 appointments are made each year.

In addition, the office appoints counsel on paternity cases when the putative father is indigent, the misdemeanor population for the 67th District Court when indigency has been established; and contract attorneys in circuit court to represent defendants charged with probation violations, bench warrants, arraignments and extradition.