What We Do
We provide legal representation in Massachusetts for those unable to afford an attorney in all matters in which the law requires the appointment of counsel. This includes representation in criminal, delinquency, youthful offender, child welfare, mental health, sexually dangerous person and sex offender registry cases, as well as related appeals and post-conviction matters.
Representation is provided by a combination of approximately 500 staff attorneys and 3,000 private attorneys trained and certified to accept appointments. Support for and supervision of these attorneys is provided by the Private Counsel and Public Defender Divisions (for criminal cases and related matters), the Children and Family Law Division (for child welfare cases), the Youth Advocacy Division (for delinquency, youthful offender, and GCL revocation cases), and the Mental Health Litigation Division (for guardianships and mental health/substance abuse commitments). Additionally, the Immigration Impact Unit provides attorneys within all divisions with training, litigation support and advice in individual cases regarding immigration consequences for noncitizens clients.
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CPCS Annual Training Conference – May 14, 2015 February 26, 2015 - The CPCS Annual Training Conference will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at the DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester. Advance registration is required.Over the course of the day there will be a wide variety of programs of interest to criminal, juvenile, child welfare and mental health attorneys. At midday we will gather to […]
SJC takes age into account and upholds judge’s dismissal of delinquency complaint. February 13, 2015 - In Commonwealth v. Ilya I., SJC -11637 (February 13, 2015), the SJC reversed the Appeals Court and upheld a juvenile court judge’s dismissal of a delinquency complaint for lack of probable cause. The juvenile was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute after the police found thirteen individually wrapped bags of marijuana inside […]
Regional Coordinator Announcement March 4, 2015 - The Mental Health Litigation Division is pleased to announce that as of March 1, 2015, Susan O’Leary will be the new Regional Coordinator for Bristol and Barnstable Counties and Maureen Breckenridge will continue on as Regional Coordinator for Plymouth County. Susan and Maureen will be working closely together during this transition. Like Maureen, Susan has […]