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 News

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CPCS Annual Training Conference – May 16, 2017 February 17, 2017 - SAVE THE DATE:  The CPCS Annual Training Conference will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 8:00-5:00 at the DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester. Advance Registration is Required.
Massachusetts Gives Juvenile Justice System a Makeover March 16, 2017 - The Impressive Top-to-Bottom Makeover of the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice System http://nationswell.com/massachusetts-juvenile-criminal-justice-makeover/
Child Requiring Assistance Certification Training March 9, 2017 - Child Requiring Assistance Certification Training CAFL is currently accepting applications for our Child Requiring Assistance Certification Training to be held on July 18 and 19, 2017 at the offices of Community Legal Aid, 405 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts. For additional information and an application, please click on the link below. The application deadline is May 1, 2017. For additional […]
CPCS Past Award Recipients January 23, 2017 - Each year, the Committee for Public Counsel Services recognizes the work of individuals who dedicate their careers to overcoming injustice, and championing the cause of zealous representation and effective assistance of counsel. A listing of the past award recipients from 1998 through 2016 can be found here:   Award Recipients – 1998 – 2016.
Innocence Program Holiday Letter January 19, 2017 - Please see the attached link to view the Innocence Program Holiday letter:  2016 Holiday newsletter
CY 2017 Committee Meeting Dates December 27, 2016 - All meetings will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, except where noted. January 25 (4th Wednesday) February 15 March 15 April 12 (2nd Wednesday) May 17 June 21 July 19 August — NO MEETING September 20 October 18 November 15 December 20