Welcome to the website of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender: Justice, Fairness and Dignity For All
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The Public Defender is
Paul B. DeWolfe
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There are eight statewide divisions within the Office of the Public Defender (OPD).
Maryland is divided into twelve operational districts. Each District conforms to the statutory geographic boundaries of the District Courts. OPD maintains offices in each of these districts.
Maryland's Public Defender is often appointed to legislative task forces that consider criminal justice public policy. Click here for all the latest information.
To learn more about attorney recruitment as well as law clerk, and volunteer opportunities with OPD click here
OPD seeking a part-time Communications Organizer to focus on pre-trial reform. Click here for more information.
OPD seeking a Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Initiative: Grant Coordinator. Click here for more information.
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Maryland Juvenile Justice Task Force Recommends Severely Curtailing Strip-Searches
Md. High Court Will Consider Rule Prohibiting Exorbitant Bail
In Maryland, A Fight is Brewing Over Cash Bail for Poor Defendants
Baltimore Suspending Many More Students from School
Eric Holder Wants to End Bail as We Know It
District Court Chief Judge Advises Against Using Bail to Detain, Punish Defendants
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