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Public Defender
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Public Defender

Provides legal representation and other services to people accused or convicted of a crime who cannot afford to hire an attorney.

The Public Defender Commission (PUB), also known as the Office of the Public Defender, is responsible for providing, supervising, and coordinating legal representation for indigent persons who are charged with a crime and for indigent prisoners who are appealing their convictions, who are seeking post-conviction relief, or who are charged with a violation of parole.

The Commission also sets rules and regulations governing the provision of indigent defense services, administer s state reimbursement to counties for indigent defense expenditures, and passes funding to the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation.

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Office of the Ohio Public Defender

250 East Broad St., Suite 1400 Columbus, Ohio 43215
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Phone: (614) 466-5394
Ohio Relay Service: 711