The Yolo County Public Defender's Office Mission Statement
The mission of the Yolo County Public Defender's Office is to provide all clients with high quality legal representation that protects their liberty and constitutional rights and serves the interests of society in a fair and efficient system of criminal justice.
Yolo County Public Defender's Office Vision Statement
Public Defender employees share a vision that the office will render legal services consistent with the highest standards of indigent legal defense providers throughout the state of California and the United States.
Goals of the Yolo County Public Defender's Office
To ensure the fair, unbiased, and equitable application of criminal justice in Yolo County.
To administer resources wisely and promote efficiency in all office operations so that each client will receive the service to which he is entitled by law.
Collaborate with community partners to create and direct additional resources for innovative criminal justice applications.
Who we are
The Yolo County Public Defender's Office is comprised of 22 attorneys (including the Public Defender and Chief Deputy Public Defender), 4 investigators, and 5 legal support staff.
About our work
In 2012, the Yolo County Public Defender's Office was appointed to represent clients in 3,051 newly opened or reopened felony cases, 2,270 newly opened or reopened misdemeanor cases, 443 newly opened or reopened juvenile delinquency cases, plus miscellaneous conservatorships, mental health matters, drug court and other reviews, dependency matters, criminal contempt proceedings, and adoption matters involving the termination of parental rights.
In 2012, the Yolo County Public Defender's Office was the attorney of record in 74% of the 104 jury trials litigated county wide.