Mission & Objective Statement

Mission & Objective

The Office of the State Public Defender provides legal services to persons who do not have the financial means to employ private counsel. The Office of the State Public Defender is legislatively mandated to focus its resources on post-conviction appellate proceedings in death penalty cases. The Office has two regional offices located in Oakland and Sacramento. The State Public Defender is headquartered in Oakland.

Legal Citations & Department Authority

Government Code sections 15400-15404, 15420-15425; Penal Code sections 1026.5 and 1240