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Public Defense Services

Pinal County’s Public Defense Services office oversees indigent representation in Pinal County. Pinal County established the Public Defense Services office in 2020 after a review of practices across the State of Arizona. Pinal County determined the best way to provide cost effective, high quality legal representation to its citizens was to create a department dedicated to this purpose.

When the Court determines an individual in need of legal representation is indigent and entitled to counsel as a matter of law, Public Defense Services ensures counsel is assigned. Public Defense Services provides administrative oversight and support to the Pinal County Public Defender’s Office and Court- Appointed Counsel. In order to ensure every client receives conflict free representation, Public Defense Services is not privy to confidential client or case information.


Cathryn Whalen

Public Defense Services

400 S Central Avenue
PO Box 1170
Florence, AZ 85132

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