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Welcome to the Office of the Public Defender

Our mission

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.

COVID-19 Update January 12 , 2022 - Ventura Superior Court

The Public Defender’s office is currently CLOSED to the public, but can serve you by appointment only, until further notice. To make an appointment, contact your assigned attorney or call (805) 654-2201 for more information. Please read the Amended Administrative Order below for more information on the closure. Thank you.

All visitors must read the flyer below. If you are experiencing any symptoms, call 805-654-2201

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. You must wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.

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Inmate
Locator

The Inmate Locator provides information regarding arrested and in-custody persons in Ventura County. This is provided by the Sheriff's department website.

Court Date
Finder

The Criminal Docket Finder was developed in accordance with Marsy’s Law to provide victims with information on the defendant’s appearance at public proceedings.