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pubdef_seal_300Office of the Colorado State Public Defender
Answering Gideon’s Call For Four Decades
The right of one charged with crime to counsel may not be deemed fundamental and essential to fair trials in some countries, but it is in ours.
–Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963)

Mission:
The mission of the Office of the State Public Defender is to defend and protect the rights, liberties, and dignity of those accused of crimes who cannot afford to retain counsel. We do so by providing constitutionally and statutorily mandated representation that is effective, zealous, inspired and compassionate.

OSPD Enabling Legislation:
The general assembly hereby declares that the state public defender at all times shall serve his clients independently of any political considerations or private interests, provide legal services to indigent persons accused of crime that are commensurate with those available to nonindigents, and conduct the office in accordance with the Colorado rules of professional conduct and with the American Bar Association standards relating to the administration of criminal justice, the defense function.  C.R.S. 21-1-101(1)

Colorado State Public Defender Douglas Wilson Announces Retirement effective August 1, 2018.

The following individuals have applied to be the next Colorado State Public Defender:
Ann England
Elizabeth Espinosa Krupa
Kathryn Hay
Janene McCabe
Lucienne Ohanian
Megan Ring
Carrie Thompson

The Public Defender Commission has requested that the OSPD post the applications for the above individuals. They can be found and reviewed HERE.

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