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

Public Defender Divisions


Criminal Trial

Juvenile Trial

Parental Rights Trial

Appellate Division

Community Partnership


Social Services



Training and Legislation

Rhode Island Public Defender
160 Pine Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-3492


Public Defender Administration

Mary S. McElroy, Public Defender
Matthew B. Toro, Deputy Public Defender
Patricia Platt, Executive Assistant
Mary-Anne Marold, Personnel Coordinator
Anne Amaral, Secretary to Administration

The administrative offices of the Public Defender are located at 160 Pine Street, in Providence. The Public Defender, Deputy Public Defender, Executive Assistant, Personnel Coordinator and Secretary to Administration comprise the upper management unit of the Office of the Public Defender. All personnel, financial and operations functions are centralized.

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