Public Defender Services


Public Defender Reimbursement (for attorneys)

Attorneys appointed by the Court to serve as a Public Defender may request reimbursement from the County for certain types of expenses.

Public Defender Services (for individuals)

Public defenders are attorneys provided by County government to represent people who are charged with a crime but can't afford legal representation. Juveniles and individuals with conservatorship cases may also receive these services. The County contracts with private attorneys to provide Public Defender services.

The County’s primary Public Defender firm is San Luis Obispo Defenders.