NOTICE: DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS, CONNECTICUT JUDICIAL BRANCH OPERATIONS HAVE BEEN CONSOLIDATED INTO ONE COURTHOUSE IN EACH JUDICIAL DISTRICT. THE PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE WILL BE OPEN IN THOSE COURTHOUSES WITH A SKELETON CREW. ONLY ARRAIGNMENTS ARE BEING DOCKETED. ALL OTHER CASES HAVE BEEN CONTINUED BY THE CLERK’S OFFICE. Please go to for the list of open courthouses or to check for your continuance dates, as you may be unable to contact your lawyer during this time. If you have a question about an arraignment case, please contact the Public Defender office at the open courthouse. If there is an emergency, you can contact the Office of Chief Public Defender at 860 509 6400 OCPD website.

Assigned Counsel
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Assigned Counsel are private attorneys that enter written agreements to represent indigent clients in a variety of practice areas.

Assigned Counsel annual agreements are approved based upon the needs of the Office of Chief Public Defender.  Information regarding openings are generally posted to the OCPD web page and in the CT Law Journal in November and December each year. All applications are reviewed by the Assigned Counsel Standing Committee for approval. This committee’s final recommendations are provided to the Chief Public Defender for final approval. Annual agreements are posted and accepted electronically prior to the commencement of the fiscal year which begins July 1.

The Assigned Counsel Unit can be reached at 860.509.6486