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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 attorneys of the Office of the Public Defender are both skilled and committed to do all they can to assist you in the successful defense of your case. We are an independent agency and truly believe in the zealous representation of our clients. We are certain that with your assistance and cooperation, you will feel confident that you have received the best available legal representation from our office.
 
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