Rhode Island Public Defender

Our mission is to provide high quality representation to our clients, fulfilling the governmental obligation of effective assistance of counsel, fundamental fairness and due process. Our goal is to provide client-centered advice, holistic representation and zealous advocacy. Our commitment is to treat our clients with dignity, compassion and fairness.
Mary S. McElroy, Public Defender

What's New!

Civil Legal Resources Referral Sheet
Court Debt and Bench Warrant Pamphlet
Marijuana Decriminalization
Public Defender Pilots SSI/SSDI Program for Clients
Loan Forgiveness

The Rhode Island Public Defender is a firm of lawyers who defend adults and juveniles accused of committing crimes, and represent parents who are threatened with loss of custody of their children because of neglect or abuse allegations. Supported by professional social workers, investigators and interpreters, we represent clients in state court proceedings from the first appearance before a judge through trial or hearing, as well as through appeal if necessary.

Legal Representation

Social Services

Programs and Projects

Representation Services

How to Contact Us

Know Your Rights

Client Handbook

Civil Legal Resources Referral Sheet(English|Español)

Social Service Unit

Client Resources

Community Service Guide (English|Español)

Winter 2014 Clothing Drive

Expungement Powerpoint Presentation

Student Internships

Student Loan Forgiveness

Expungement Guide

Court Debt and Bench Warrant Pamphlet

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