Welcome to the Office of the State Public Defender


The mission of the Office of the State Public Defender is to ensure equal access to justice for the State's indigent and to provide appellate representation to indigent clients. Services are provided statewide through regional offices, a conflict office, and the appellate office.

Director Position

Newly enacted legislation revised the public defender system and created a Director position to be hired by the Department of Administration. The Public Defender Advisory Commission is seeking candidates for nomination to the Department of Administration for the new position, but the Department may hire a person not on the list. More information is available here.

        Applications and writing samples:
             • Ed Sheehy
             • Jim Taylor
             • Matt Erekson

        Send public comment to Cathy Doyle by 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 30.
        All comments will be posted to this web page.


Public Defender Commission
June 1, 2017

Central Services Conference Room
44 W. Park, Butte

AGENDA and other materials