Agency Status Notification

Operating Status


The Public Defender Service will be closed on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 due to inclement weather.


Last Update: 3/5/2015 5:29:39 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.