Welcome to the Office of the Public Defender
To ensure equal justice for our clients by providing exceptional legal representation
Diversity Equity Inclusion Statement
The Ventura County Public Defender’s Office believes that having a diverse and inclusive workforce is invaluable. Southern California is one of the largest and most diverse regions in the country. We are honored to work for this community and strive for our staff to be representative of everyone we serve.
We are committed to recruiting, training, promoting, and supporting all employees, regardless of race, culture, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, education, disability, marital status, parental status, military, or religion so that we can have the most high-quality workforce for our clients and their families. This commitment to appreciate our similarities and find strength in our differences allows us to achieve our mission of advocating for the constitutional rights and inherent dignity of our clients.
We wholeheartedly believe that our clients benefit most when we value the diverse perspectives of those within our agency and the communities we serve. As such, we strive to maintain an environment where our employees understand the value of their diversities and know that they belong.
Ventura County Public Defender
We hope your visit to our site gives you a chance to better understand the job performed by the men and women working at the Public Defender’s Office.
We are a voice for the poor. Our mission is to ensure equal justice for our clients by providing exceptional legal representation. For those unable to afford a private lawyer, we provide representation in criminal, juvenile, mental health, and probate. Our attorneys and staff are highly trained in these areas and are here to serve you, our community.
Read more about us here.
October 31, 2023
Our office will be closed on November 10th , 2023 in observance of Veteran's Day.
Our office will also be closed November 23rd - November 24th 2023 in observance of Thanksgiving, as well as December 25th, 2023 in observance of Christmas.
The Public Defender's Office is open Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM.
Note: The Public Defender is not permitted to represent clients charged with infractions.
If you have a court date and are an existing client or new client, please go directly to the courtroom that you are assigned in or call your assigned Public Defender to coordinate your court appearance. The Ventura Superior Court is in the Hall of Justice building between parking lots A, B, and C.