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Coronavirus COVID-19 Notice:

As our community responds to COVID-19 (CoronaVirus), the Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office remains committed to its mission of providing consistently excellent representation and vigorous advocacy to protect the rights of low income people in criminal, juvenile delinquency, and parental rights matters.

We will ensure our mission is fulfilled, while also protecting the health of our clients, our employees, and the general public.  In order to achieve this goal, we must limit the numbers of people routinely in our offices.

Therefore, we are temporarily suspending all in-person intakes, requests for assistance, and public inquiries.  Only in-person meetings necessary for client representation will be scheduled.  Please do not walk-in to our office to request assistance.

If you are a current client and have a question, please contact your attorney.  If you are unable to reach your attorney please call one of the main phone lines below.

If you are not yet a client and are seeking legal assistance or have a question about one of the following matters, please call the appropriate numbers.   

  • (216) 443-2190 for misdemeanors in Cleveland Municipal Court.  All municipal intakes will be conducted by phone and should be initiated by calling this number.

  • (216) 443-8355 for felony cases.
  •  (216) 443-7583 for appeals.

  • (216) 443-7580 for expungements.

    Expungement applications can be obtained here and submitted by email to pdgeneral@cuyahogacounty.us or by mail to 310 W. Lakeside, Suite 200, Cleveland, Ohio 44113.

  • (216) 443-7295 for juvenile cases.

 

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The Cuyahoga County Public Defender office was created in 1977 to provide legal services to indigent adults and juveniles charged with violations of the criminal code. Cases are assigned to the Public Defender office by the judges of the Court of Common Pleas. General andJuvenile Divisions, and the Eighth District Court of Appeals.

The 100 member staff of the Cuyahoga County Public Defender office includes attorneys, law clerks, paralegals, social workers,investigators and support staff. In total, the staff handles over 10,000 cases annually. 

Our Pledge to You...

The Cuyahoga County Public Defender Office provides consistently excellent representation and vigorous advocacy to protect the rights of low income people in criminal, juvenile delinquency, and parental rights matters.  We treat each client with dignity and respect and tailor our representation to meet their unique needs.  We ensure that our clients receive an ardent defense and equal justice throughout their involvement with the legal system.
 
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