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Public Defender: Frequently Asked Questions

Public Defender

Can I keep a copy of my discovery?

Can I speak with a public defender before my first court appearance?

Can I speak with a public defender if I already have an attorney?

Do I have to pay for a Public Defender?

How do I find out the name of the public defender assigned to my case?

How do I get a public defender?

Is a Public Defender a licensed attorney?

What do I do if I have a warrant?

What if I want a new Public Defender assigned to my case?


Public Defender

Can I keep a copy of my discovery?

Pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 415, defense counsel must keep possession and control of discovery in his exclusive custody. However, if you would like to review your discovery, you may schedule an appointment with your Public Defender to do so.

Can I speak with a public defender before my first court appearance?

You may speak to a public defender about your case anytime after that attorney has been appointed as your public defender, but not before.

Can I speak with a public defender if I already have an attorney?

No. you may not speak with a public defender about your case if you are represented by another attorney. If you cannot afford to pay your attorney and wish to have a public defender appointed, you must notify the judge as soon as possible. However, this does not automatically entitle you to the appointment of a public defender.

Do I have to pay for a Public Defender?

You may be required to pay a fee for the legal services of your Public Defender. The amount of your fee will be determined by the judge and is the product of several factors, including your ability to pay. Bear in mind that almost all Public Defender fees, no matter how large, will be less than the cost of a private attorney.

How do I find out the name of the public defender assigned to my case?

You may contact the Circuit Clerks Office or use the online case search tool which will tell you the name of the public defender assigned to your case.

How do I get a public defender?

At your first appearance, if you qualify as indigent after being screened by the judge presiding over your case, you may be appointed a public defender. Only the judge has the authority to appoint the public defender and a public defender cannot assist you with your case until her or she has been appointed by the judge. If you do not qualify for a public defender, you will be required to hire private counsel or you may represent yourself.

Is a Public Defender a licensed attorney?

Yes. All Public Defenders and Assistant Public Defenders are attorneys licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois.

What do I do if I have a warrant?

If you believe you have an active warrant, you should contact your attorney immediately to attempt to address the outstanding warrant. If you do not have an attorney assigned to your case, you may contact the Circuit Clerks office for further information concerning the amount of your bond and procedure for posting bond.

What if I want a new Public Defender assigned to my case?

An individual represented by a Public Defender may contact the Public Defenders Office to request a change in attorneys. However, given the limited resources of the Public Defenders Office, it is not likely that a new attorney will be assigned to your case. You may have disagreements from time to time with your Public Defender but most disagreements are normal for an attorney-client relationship and can be easily worked through.

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