Resource Listing for Office of the Public Defender

If you can’t afford to hire a lawyer, the court can appoint a government-paid lawyer called a public defender, which is part of your Sixth Amendment right to have counsel defending you.

What is the Office of the Public Defender?

The Office of the Public Defender maintains branch offices in each of the four judicial circuits in the state to provide legal services to those who cannot hire a private attorney and qualify for assistance.

What does the Office of the Public Defender do?

The Office of the Public Defender hires licensed attorneys who are then appointed by the court to represent clients in all courts of the respective circuit or geographic area and before the Hawaii Paroling Authority. Your Deputy Public Defender will work with you to establish legal defense for your case.

If you have been assigned a lawyer, it is important that you remain in contact with your Deputy Public Defender regularly and show up to all court appearances. It is also your responsibility to ensure that the Office of the Public Defender always has current contact information for you.


Office of the Public Defender

Contact Information:

81 N. Market Street
Wailuku, HI 96793

Phone: (808) 984-5018

Fax:(808) 984-5022

Website: Office of the Public Defender