The Office of the Federal Public Defender
The Office of the Federal Defender for the Eastern District of California is authorized under Title 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, the Criminal Justice Act, to provide legal representation to persons financially unable to retain counsel in federal criminal and related proceedings. Representation includes counsel and investigative, expert and other services.
Members of the Federal Defender’s Office share a commitment to excellence and a passion for justice in representing indigent people accused of a myriad of federal criminal offenses. We provide quality legal representation and/or advice to individuals financially unable to employ counsel in federal criminal cases and related matters in the federal courts. We handle a wide range of cases including felonies, misdemeanors, appeals, non-capital habeas matters and capital habeas matters. We are advocates for our clients – we want our legal system to be fair to all. Our mission is to exceed the expectations of our clients every day by providing the highest caliber of legal counsel and advice.
The Federal Defender Office for California's Eastern District strives to:
- Provide vigorous and high quality representation to indigent defendants in Federal Court;
- Foster and promote the high standards and ideals required by the Bill of Rights and the Criminal Justice Act;
- Ensure justice in the federal courts is administered to all persons on a fair and equal basis; and
- Advance the effectiveness of the federal legal system through excellence in legal scholarship, on-going education, and training the criminal defense bar.