Agency Status Notification

Memorial Day Observance


In observance of Memorial Day PDS will close at 2:00pm on Friday, May 22nd and will remain closed on Monday, May 25th.  We will resume normal operations on Tuesday, May 26th.

Have a happy and safe holiday.


Last Update: 5/21/2015 10:13:47 AM


The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) provides and promotes quality legal representation to indigent adults and children facing a loss of liberty in the District of Columbia and thereby protects society's interest in the fair administration of justice. PDS is regarded as one of the best public defender offices in the country—local or federal. It is the benchmark by which other public defender systems often measure themselves.