OPD Mission Statement

The Office of the Public Defender provides superior legal representation to indigent defendants in the State of Maryland.

Declaration of Policy & Legislative Intent

It is hereby declared to be the policy of the State of Maryland to provide for the realization of the constitutional guarantees of counsel in the representation of indigents, including related necessary services and facilities, in criminal and juvenile proceedings within the State, and to assure effective assistance and continuity of counsel to indigent accused taken into custody and indigent defendants in criminal and juvenile proceedings before the courts of the State of Maryland, and to authorize the Office of the Public Defender to administer and assure enforcement of the provisions of this article in accordance with its terms.

Maryland Code (2001, 2008 Repl.Vol.), §§ 16–101 through 16–403 of the Criminal Procedure Article.