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

To see the latest CPCS news, check out our blog.

Resource Attorney Position-CAFL October 23, 2017 - Resource Attorney Position – CAFL CPCS is accepting applications for a Resource Attorney Position with the Children and Family Law (CAFL) Division for Bristol County.  Jim Harrington, a highly esteemed CAFL panel attorney and the former Resource Attorney, will shortly be sworn in as a Juvenile Court Judge.  The Resource Attorney position is an excellent […]
Mental Health Litigation Division Civil Commitment Certification Training – Nov. 2, 3 and 17, 2017 September 25, 2017 - The CPCS Mental Health Litigation Division is now accepting applications for its 3 day Civil Commitment Certification Training taking place November 2, 3 and 17, 2017. The training will be held at the Brockton CPCS office, 144 Main Street, 1st floor conference room.
REPRESENTING CHILDREN IN CHILD REQUIRING ASSISTANCE (CRA) CASES CPCS CERTIFICATION TRAINING September 22, 2017 - The Children and Family Law Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services is seeking qualified attorneys to represent children in Child Requiring Assistance cases in the Juvenile Court.  Admission to the CRA panel is by application only and requires completion of a two-day training.  Applicants must be members of the Massachusetts Bar, or be […]
CPCS Alerts Media of Petition Seeking Relief from Convictions Tainted by Amherst Lab Chemist and the Misconduct of Two Assistant Attorneys General September 21, 2017 - Upon filing a petition at the SJC that seeks relief for the thousands whose cases were tainted by Amherst Drug Lab Chemist Sonia Farak and further exacerbated by the misconduct of two assistant attorneys general, CPCS sent out the following press release: CPCS Files Petition Seeking Relief from Convictions Tainted by Amherst Lab Chemist and […]
Mental Health Litigation Appellate Certification Training – Fall 2017 September 15, 2017 - The CPCS Mental Health Litigation Division is now accepting applications for its 3 day Appellate  Certification Training taking place in the Fall of 2017.  The training will take place at the Registry of Deeds in Worcester over the course of three days**: Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 from 9:00 – 4:30 Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 from […]
Congratulations to the Essex County Bar Association Advocates – Updated August 22, 2017 -   David Hallinan receiving the American Bar Association’s Harrison Tweed Award The following article on the Essex County Bar Advocate Program being named this year’s recipient of the American Bar Association’s Harrison Tweed Award appeared in The Salem News on June 28, 2017:   http://www.salemnews.com/news/local_news/local-legal-assistance-program-receives-national-award/article_825265e8-c83e-5c41-9873-f47c655446ed.html