The Colorado Public Defender’s Office is a statewide agency comprised of 21 regional trial offices, one appellate division, and a central administrative office.  Each office has a supervising attorney who is appointed by the State Public Defender.  The Office employs 420 lawyers and a total staff of 656.  Employees of the Office of the State Public Defender are not subject to the Colorado State or Colorado Judicial Branch’s personnel system.  All attorneys serve at the pleasure of the State Public Defender and cannot otherwise engage in the practice of law.  All other public defender employees are subject to the agency’s personnel rules.