COUNTY OF VENTURA
800 S. Victoria
Ventura, CA 93009
Welcome to the Ventura County Public Defender web site. I hope your visit to our site gives you a chance to better understand the job performed by the men and women working at the Public Defender’s Office.
We are a voice for the poor. Our mission is to safeguard the fundamental rights of all residents in this county by providing the finest legal representation to indigent people. For those unable to afford a private lawyer, we provide representation in criminal, juvenile, mental health, probate and dependency cases.
The Ventura County Public Defender’s Office was created in 1968. We have 51 Attorneys, supported by investigators, paralegals and support staff. We provide legal representation for approximately 25,000 cases annually.
We seek to treat each client with respect, regardless of the nature of the case against them. We act as strong advocates at all stages of the court process, including trial by jury.
There is no such thing as “criminals’ rights” – each person within the United States is entitled to the same rights. We are determined to provide each individual a voice in the court system and seek justice for each client. We feel that by fighting for our clients, we also protect the constitutional rights of everyone in our community.
It is our goal to provide helpful information on our website. Should you require more information, just e-mail or call us and we will be happy to assist you.
STEPHEN P. LIPSON