Public Defender's Office


The State Legislature placed the Nevada State Public Defender's Office within the Department of Health and Human Services in the 1980s to meet the state’s responsibility to provide assistance of counsel to indigent adults in criminal cases and to indigent juveniles in juvenile court in those counties with populations under 100,000 which do not have a county public defender office.

    The Governor appoints the Nevada State Public Defender for a term of four years, who reports directly to the Governor and the Director of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.

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      Contact the Public Defender's Office

      511 East Robinson Street, #1
      Carson City, Nevada 89701
      Telephone: (775) 684-1080
      Toll Free Within Nevada: 1-800-992-0900
      Fax: (775) 687-4993