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The mission of the Yolo County Public Defender’s office is to provide quality legal representation through zealous advocacy that protects the liberty and constitutional rights of our clients and ensures a fair system of justice. We strive to be client-centered by advising holistically and assisting clients with the services necessary to address both their legal and social support needs. We believe in treating every client with compassion and respect as well as pursuing each case with commitment, professionalism and teamwork.

The Yolo County Public Defender’s Office is comprised of attorneys, investigators, social workers, paralegals, and support staff, as well as numerous interns and volunteers. The office works to be full and active partners in implementing system changes necessitated by criminal justice realignment as well as to collaborate with partners to optimize outcomes and to minimize collateral consequences for clients. First and foremost however, the office is comprised of litigators, whose role it is to insist that law enforcement operate within the scope of their authority and that evidence is tested to the fullest extent of the law. Through these efforts the office ensures that the promise of equal access to effective assistance of counsel is alive and well in Yolo County.


2014 Award from The Center for Holistic Defense, The Bronx Defenders: The Yolo County Public Defender’s Office has been selected to receive technical assistance from The Center for Holistic Defense, a national training resource center located at The Bronx Defenders in New York and funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance.  The Center provides training to defender offices across the country seeking to provide innovative, client-centered, holistic defense services to indigent clients.  Holistic Defense is a model of public defense proven to achieve better outcomes for clients, their families and their communities by combining aggressive legal advocacy with a broader recognition that for most people arrested and charged with a crime, the criminal case is only one of many issues with which they struggle. 

For further information on The Center for Holistic Defense click here.

Donate to Holistic Defense Services

Donate to Holistic Defense ServicesHolistic Defense Services donations support equal access to justice and assist the poor in addressing the underlying issues that contribute to court involvement, including homelessness, addiction, trauma and mental health. Click on the donate icon to the left or visit the County's Donations page to learn more. 



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Last Updated: 01/2018