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 Investigations

William McCoy, Chief Investigator

The Public Defender employs its own staff investigators who assist attorneys in investigating criminal, juvenile and parental rights cases. A critical component of representation by an attorney is the preparation involved in assessing a client’s situation and in mounting a defense on the client’s behalf, whether the allegations are that the client has committed a crime or is an unfit parent. The staff investigators locate and interview witnesses, research and obtain documents, serve subpoenas, and generally assist in other phases of case preparation.

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