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Apply for a Public Defender
These standard instructions are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice about your case. If you choose to represent yourself, you are bound by the same rules and procedures as an attorney.

  • I cannot affort an attorney. How do I ask for an attorney at no cost?
    • 1. Identify where to file your paperwork to request an attorney at no cost.
    • 2. Fill out the correct paperwork.
      • * If you are an adult, you will need to fill out JDF 208 Application for Public Defender, Court-Appointed Counsel, or Guardian Ad Litem.

        * If you are a juvenile involved in a juvenile delinquency case, you will need to fill out JDF 219 Juvenile Delinquency Application for Public Defender.

        * There is no filing fee to file either of these forms.


    • 3. Wait for an answer from the court.
      • * After you file your Application with the public defender, the public defender will review the information you put in your application and decide whether you qualify to have an attorney at no cost based on your financial situation. After receiving the public defender's initial findingregarding whether you qualify, the court will review your application and issue an order granting or denying your request for appointment of a public defender.


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