Welcome to the Ventura County Public Defender web site. We 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, and probate. Our attorneys & staff are highly
trained in these areas and are here to serve you, our community.
The Ventura County Public Defender’s Office was created in 1968. We have over 50
attorneys, supported by investigators, paralegals and support staff. We provide legal
representation for over 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
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.