About Us

The Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office handles about 70,000 cases each year, with about 13,000 cases open at any given time. It is divided into several major divisions concerning appellate review, felony litigation, juvenile delinquency litigation, misdemeanor and criminal traffic litigation. Office operations are divided into an executive office, business office, office-wide training, IT unit and several specialized litigation-related units: capital litigation, early representation, domestic representation, indefinite civil commitment, civil mental health, mitigation and intervention, and investigations.

The Public Defender is an elected official who has a constitutional duty to provide legal representation to people in danger of losing their liberty and who cannot afford to hire a private attorney. To carry out his constitutional duty, the public defender is assisted by:

  • Assistant public defenders
  • Mitigation and Intervention specialists
  • Secretaries, receptionists and clerks
  • Paralegals
  • Investigators
  • IT personnel
  • Budget and finance personnel
  • Administrative personnel
  • Law librarian
  • Law school interns
  • Volunteer attorneys