Members of the public have reported receiving calls, reportedly from the Judicial Branch of the Public Defender’s office, indicating that their loved one is in jail and they need to immediately provide a credit card number for bail. These calls are scams, so please do not provide your credit card number or any other personal information. The public defender would not call and ask for information. If you receive such a call, contact the State Police.

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