Public Defenders: Criminal & Juvenile Delinquency Cases
Appointing a Lawyer in Criminal & Juvenile Delinquency Cases
A judge can appoint the Public Defender to represent an adult or child who has been charged with a crime and can't pay for an attorney.
A person who wants to be represented by a public defender must fill out an application and pay a fee.
When a child is involved in a delinquency case, the child's parent or guardian must fill out the application.
Public Defender Offices by Circuit
There are 20 Public Defenders offices across Florida. Each office covers specific counties.
For more information about each office, click on the links for each circuit below:
- 1st Circuit: Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton
- 2nd Circuit: Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla
- 3rd Circuit: Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwaneee and Taylor
- 4th Circuit: Clay, Duval and Nassau
- 5th Circuit: Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter
- 6th Circuit: Pasco and Pinellas
- 7th Circuit: Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia
- 8th Circuit: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy and Union
- 9th Circuit: Orange and Osceola
- 10th Circuit: Hardee, Highlands and Polk
- 11th Circuit: Miami-Dade
- 12th Circuit: DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota
- 13th Circuit: Hillsborough
- 14th Circuit: Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson and Washington
- 15th Circuit: Palm Beach
- 16th Circuit: Monroe
- 17th Circuit: Broward
- 18th Circuit: Brevard and Seminole
- 19th Circuit: Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie
- 20th Circuit: Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee
Updated: January 15, 2019.