Chief of the Defender
By statute, PDS is required to provide technical assistance to the Superior Court in administering the Criminal Justice Act. The Defender Services Office executes this function by determining the financial eligibility for court-appointed counsel of every arrested child and adult, and by coordinating the availability of CJA attorneys, law school students, pro bono attorneys, and PDS attorneys six days a week (Monday through Saturday) including holidays. Because defense counsel is appointed prior to the arrestee’s initial appearance in court, the work of the Defender Service Office is vital to the overall functioning of the Superior Court’s criminal arraignment process. In addition, the office provides assistance to lawyers and the public by notifying attorneys of their clients’ re-arrest and parole matters, providing court logistical information to clients and their families, and responding to general inquiries about court operations.