Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy

Kentucky’s Public Defenders

Our agency’s mission is to provide high quality, client-centered legal representation to indigent persons of all ages, accused of crimes or facing a deprivation of liberty throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

If you are in need of our services, click the button below for information about obtaining legal representation.

For Clients

Information for those in need of our assistance.

For Defenders

Resources for defenders in the criminal legal system.

About DPA

Who we are and what we do.

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Join Our Mission

Our Department is in search of dedicated defenders who can provide the highest level of legal advocacy to each of our 148,000 clients a year. We are committed to making the Public Defender’s Office the most professional public law firm in Kentucky. We recruit and hire candidates who are committed to quality ethical representation and improving the criminal legal system. We are seeking attorneys, investigators, mitigation specialists, alternative sentencing workers (social workers); administrative professionals and interns from both undergraduate and law school programs.

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