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 Juvenile Trial Division

Anne M. C. Travers, Chief Juvenile Trial Division

The juvenile division of the Office of the Public Defender consists of attorneys who specialize exclusively in juvenile wayward and delinquency proceedings. All juvenile attorneys have offices at 160 Pine Street, Providence, from which they represent clients in all of the Family Courts across the state. Parents who have the financial means are expected to retain counsel to represent their children; in cases where juveniles are emancipated, or estranged from their families, or where the petition is filed by a parent, the juvenile’s financial eligibility is determined based upon his or her own assets. The juvenile attorneys represent clients from arraignment through the conclusion of the proceedings in the Family Court, including any reviews which occur until the Family Court relinquishes jurisdiction. Public Defender attorneys do not generally represent juveniles in municipal courts or in school-based truancy calendars.

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