San Diego County Public Defender Office

Paul A. Rodriguez
Public Defender of San Diego County

The San Diego County Public Defender Office was established in 1988 by a county resolution and has since evolved into one of the finest in the nation.  In 2009, the County of San Diego consolidated indigent defense services (Primary Public Defender, Alternate Public Defender, Office of Assigned Counsel, Juvenile Delinquency & Multiple Conflict Office) into one office. There are office locations throughout the county. We provide quality legal assistance to individuals charged with a crime in state court who are financially unable to retain private counsel. Mental health and juvenile court matters are handled by special units within the office. Our office proudly reflects the diversity and high level of commitment necessary for our mission.



San Diego County Public Defender
Administrative Office
451 A Street, Suite 1100
San Diego, California 92101


Our Mission
"To protect the rights, liberties, and dignity of all persons in San Diego County and maintain the integrity and fairness of the American Justice System 
by providing the finest legal representation in the cases entrusted to us."








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