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 send cash or provide a credit card number for bail. These calls are scams, so please do not send cash or provide your credit card number or any other personal information. A public defender would never call and ask for money or credit card information. If you receive such a call, contact the State Police in your state.

Public Defender Services
Commission Members


Appointing Authority

Date of Appointment

Honorable Richard N. Palmer, Chair Governor March 31, 2023
Honorable Sheila M. Prats Chief Justice March 29, 2023
Honorable Elliot N. Solomon Chief Justice March 31, 2023
Michael Jefferson, Esq. Senate President Pro Tempore March 31, 2023
Honorable Russell Morin Speaker of the House March 31, 2023
Herman Woodard, Esq. House Minority Leader December 5, 2023