Welcome to our office website.
My name is Carlos J. Martinez,
the elected Public Defender for Miami-Dade County.
The Public Defender is appointed by judges to represent clients
in criminal, juvenile delinquency and mental health matters in
Florida's courts. We do not represent individuals in civil matters.
While our primary responsibility is to indigent clients facing
the loss of their liberty, we are very much involved in helping make
ours a more fair and just community for everyone who lives, works
and visits South Florida.
I am honored to lead a team of nearly 200 attorneys (assistant
public defenders) and an equal number of support staff to handle
approximately 70,000 cases each year. With more than 2.6 million
residents, Miami-Dade County (the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida)
is the largest and busiest of Florida’s 20 judicial circuits. We are
responsible for defending individuals who are determined by the
court to be unable to pay for a private attorney.
I am proud of all that we have accomplished with very limited
resources over the years with as fine a group of people as you will
find anywhere. Most could be making far more money in the private
sector, but they see their calling in public service.
Our nationally recognized training program is designed to ensure
we have competent, effective and ethical advocates for our clients.
We recruit locally and nationally with just one goal in mind:
Putting together a diverse team of outstanding men and women who can
do the best job possible on behalf of our clients and the residents
and taxpayers of Miami-Dade County.
If you have any suggestions for improving our services or our
website, please email
Carlos J. Martinez
Miami-Dade Public Defender
11th Judicial Circuit of Florida