Public Defender

Special Announcement regarding application for representation:

The Luzerne County Public Defender’s Office announces that until further notice, all applications for PD representation will be taken by appointment only. We are trying to minimize the contact and maximize the distance between persons coming into the office for our services. Please call (570)-825-1754 to make your appointment. It is doubtful, at least at this point, that your appointment will include face to face meeting with an investigator, rather, we will try accomplishing this initial meeting by phone.

In addition, applications can still be made online at the County website using this link to the Public Defender Application.  

Read the official Announcement here.

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The Luzerne County’s Public Defender’s Office is dedicated to protecting the Constitutional rights of all indigent individuals accused of violating the law. We provide quality and zealous legal advocacy to seek the best possible outcomes for our clients with an interdisciplinary team approach throughout their entire case experience. Our office employs specifically-trained and experienced attorneys, social service advocates and criminal investigators to meet the individualized needs of our clients.

In accordance with the Pennsylvania Public Defender Act, we provide free legal representation for qualifying applicants for the following:

  • Felony cases
  • Misdemeanor cases
  • Certain criminal traffic citations
  • State parole hearings
  • Mental health hearings
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Probation and Parole violations 

In the past, if you have qualified for representation by conflict counsel due to a conflict of interest with our Office, please contact the Office of Conflict Counsel, listed below in the Quick Links.