Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are changing the way we work. Our physical offices are closed, but we continue to work remotely.  If you need to reach us please write, email, or call and leave a message.  We will get back to you as soon as possible.

We will continue to defend our clients and tend to business, even if business is delayed. Our immediate responsibility—everyone’s immediate responsibility—is to slow the spread of the contagion. We are doing our part by avoiding physical contact with our clients, each other and members of the general public.

Thank you for your patience during these trying times.

Steve Welby
Federal Public Defender

Welcome to Office of the Public Defender - Southern District of Illinois

Office of the Public Defender - Southern District of Illinois
 

Our Mission: The Federal Public Defender’s Office strives to provide effective representation as guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, to ensure the rights of the individual regardless of the ability to retain counsel, and to assist others in this mission. The Office also seeks to provide educational and training opportunities to attorneys appointed pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act to assist them in meeting these same goals.

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