Legal Defender

The Maricopa County Office of the Legal Defender provides court appointed counsel in Criminal, Criminal Mental Health, Appeals, Juvenile dependency and Juvenile Severance cases.

Serving the Public

The Office of the Legal Defender continues to rival any private sector counterpart in legal knowledge, effectiveness, efficiency, and fiscal responsibility.

Maintaining Best Practices

With the finest legal representation as the overriding goal, the Office maintains its successful operating practice of:

  • Participating in inter-agency activities to maintain currentness and cooperation
  • Providing training opportunities to office members to enhance their skills
  • Supporting the in-house and inter-agency use of advanced technology
  • Updating Office members on legal issues, court matters, and governmental policy changes

Meeting Goals

Increased use of advanced technology allows the Office of the Legal Defender to meet goals of serving clients, and subsequently the general public, in a measurable, cost-effective manner.


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It takes innovative people to keep a fast-growing County like ours thriving and running efficiently! With more than 13,000 employees, Maricopa County's dedicated team members are the heart of our vibrant organization!