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.
March 15 , 2022 - COVID-19 Update
Ventura Superior Court
Starting April 4th, 2022 the Public Defender's Office will be open Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM.
The Public Defender's office is currently open for Walk-Ins on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be by appointment only. Beginning, March 15th, 2022 face masks will no longer be required to enter the courthouse, but still highly encouraged regardless of vaccination status.
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.