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Welcome to our office website.
My name is Carlos J. Martinez,
your elected Public Defender for Miami-Dade County.

The Public Defender is appointed by judges to represent clients in criminal, juvenile and mental health matters in Florida's courts. Miami-Dade County is the 11th judicial circuit of Florida, the largest and busiest of Florida’s 20 judicial circuits. We are responsible for defending individuals who face the loss of their liberty and are determined by the court to be unable to pay for a private attorney.

On our site, you will find information about the criminal justice system, our responsibilities, qualifications and experience, as well as the innovative and cost-effective programs that we have instituted.

We have a team of nearly 200 attorneys (assistant public defenders) and an equal number of support staff to handle approximately 90,000 cases each year. I'm proud of all that we have accomplished with very limited resources over the years. This is as fine a group of people as you'll 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 the development of effective and ethical advocates for our clients. More than 40 of our former lawyers have become judges. We recruit locally and nationally with just one goal in mind: Putting together a diverse team of outstanding men and women from all racial and ethnic backgrounds who can do the best job possible on behalf of our clients and the residents and taxpayers of Miami-Dade County.

While our primary responsibility is to indigent clients facing the loss of their liberty, my staff and I are very much involved in helping make this a safer community for everyone who lives, works and visits South Florida. Along this line, I encourage you to read the brief descriptions on this web-site of our innovative programs, including our Anti-Violence Initiative, Community Involvement and Partnerships, and International Cooperation Project.

Thank you,
Carlos J. Martinez
Miami-Dade Public Defender
11th Judicial Circuit of Florida


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