The Office of the Public Defender exists to provide legal services to those persons who qualify for our assistance. Lawyers, investigators and secretarial staff are employed to accomplish this goal.

Our mission is to protect and defend the rights of our clients through legal representation of the highest quality, in pursuit of a fair and unbiased system of justice for all.

Because we are a law office, our primary obligation is, therefore, to the law. Thus, we must first comply with statutory and case law and the rules of professional conduct in performing our services.

Our secondary obligation is to the client. Within the rules of our legal system, we are to provide effective, vigorous and loyal advocacy. In so doing, we must be mindful that our obligation is to individual clients, not to "defendants" as a perceived class.

Our third responsibility is to provide these services in the most economical and efficient manner possible. In accomplishing this final goal, it is our duty to cooperate with other related agencies and to remain open to suggestions and alterations of procedure that would increase the efficiency of the justice system without denigrating the rights of those whom we represent.

Santa Barbara Courthouse

Santa Barbara Courthouse

Santa Barbara Public Defender
1100 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: (805) 568-3470
Contact via email