About the Office of the Public Defender

The Office of the Public Defender was created on July 1, 1971, by the Maryland Legislature. OPD is an independent State Agency.

With over 900 employees (570 attorneys), OPD is the largest legal services organization in the state. The Office of the Public Defender provides legal services to eligible individuals through twelve district offices and seven specialized divisions.

Each District conforms to the statutory geographic boundaries of the District Courts.

Representation is provided in District Courts, Juvenile Courts, Circuit Courts, judicial bail reviews and related collateral hearings, Children in Need of Assistance (CINA) and termination of parental rights (TPR) cases.

Trial Divisions are maintained in all Circuit, District and Juvenile Courts throughout the State.