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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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