About MN Public Defense

About Minnesota Public Defenders

Being treated fairly by the criminal justice system should not be a privilege of the rich. In 1963, the United States Supreme Court in Gideon v. Wainright recognized that the fundamental right to a fair trial requires an indigent person accused of a crime to have the assistance of counsel.

Minnesota has responded to this Constitutional mandate in a practical and cost-effective manner. Coordinated and funded by the Board of Public Defense, Minnesota Public Defenders represent indigent accused people in each of Minnesota's 87 counties.  Read More

 

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Mission

Mission

To provide excellent criminal and juvenile legal defense services to indigent clients through an independent, responsible and efficient public defender system.

State Public Defender

William Ward

william.ward@mnpd.us

612-279-3512

 

Offices

Public Defender services, on the trial and appellate level, are provided by regional offices located throughout the State of Minnesota.  Click on "Offices" above to view a list of the offices.

Staff Directory

To locate a specific staff member, click on "Staff Directory" above.