Pennsylvania Public Defenders

The Pennsylvania General Assembly enacted the Public Defender Act in 1968. Under this law, the Public Defender in each county is responsible for furnishing legal counsel to any person who, for lack of sufficient funds, is unable to obtain legal counsel in any criminal action where representation is constitutionally guaranteed. 

Click on the county list below for contact information for the Public Defender in the county. If a specific office contact is not listed for a county, please contact the your county courthouse, using the general contact information listed, for information on obtaining a public defender in the county.

Pennsylvania County Public Defenders

Adams County

Allegheny County

Armstrong County

Bedford County

Berks County

Beaver County

Blair County

Bradford County

Bucks County

Butler County

Cambria County

Cameron County

Carbon County

Centre County

Chester County

Clarion County

Clearfield County

Clinton County

Columbia County

Crawford County

Cumberland County

Dauphin County

Delaware County

Elk County

Erie County

Fayette County

Forest County

Franklin County

Fulton County

Greene County

Huntingdon County

Indiana County

Jefferson County

Juniata County

Lackawanna County

Lancaster County

Lawrence County

Lebanon County

Lehigh County

Luzerne County

Lycoming County

McKean County

Mercer County

Mifflin County

Monroe County

Montgomery County

Montour County

Northampton County

Northumberland County

Perry County

Philadelphia County

Pike County

Potter County

Schuylkill County

Snyder County

Somerset County

Sullivan County

Susquehanna County

Tioga County

Union County

Venango County

Warren County

Washington County

Wayne County

Westmoreland County

Wyoming County

York County

Pennsylvania Federal Public Defenders

Federal Public Defenders are available only for representation in criminal actions in the Federal Courts of the United States.

Federal Public Defender
Western District
Federal Public Defender
Middle District
Federal Public Defender
Eastern District


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