CPCS’s computer systems have been attacked and are not working properly. We are still representing clients. In addition, there is no evidence that confidential information from clients has been released as a result of these attacks.

If you need to reach a CPCS staff member and can’t do so by email, please contact them by phone. Our phones numbers are listed here:

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.

Learn more about who we are and how we are structured…


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

2019 Annual Awards Invitation March 21, 2019 -   YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND THE COMMITTEE FOR PUBLIC COUNSEL SERVICES 2019 ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY TO HONOR MEMBERS OF OUR STAFF AND PRIVATE BAR _________________________________________________________________ JOHN ADAMS COURTHOUSE, PEMBERTON SQUARE, BOSTON WEDNESDAY APRIL 24, 2019 5:00-8:00 p.m. ________________________________________________________________ Thurgood Marshall Award Don Bronstein Edward J. Duggan Public Counsel Award for Outstanding Service Yolanda […]
CPCS Annual Training Conference – May 14, 2019 March 21, 2019 - Please join us at the CPCS Annual Training Conference on Tuesday, May 14, 2018, 8:00 – 5:00, at the DCU Center on 50 Foster Street in Worcester, MA. The keynote address will include remarks by two exceptional speakers: Dr. Yusef Salaam, a transformational speaker, has traveled the United States facilitating conversations about race and class, the […]
CPCS Email Restored on March 15 2019 March 21, 2019 - CPCS email has been restored. You may also contact offices through the phone. Phone numbers may be found at
CPSC Email Is Down February 28, 2019 - Our email system is currently not working. If you need to reach a CPCS staff member, please contact them by phone. Our phones numbers are listed here:
2019 Nominations for Annual Awards February 15, 2019 - Nomination Process The Committee will present the awards at an Awards Ceremony on April 24, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston. All nominations should be submitted to Ms. Denise Simonini, Executive Assistant to the Chief Counsel, Committee for Public Counsel Services, 44 Bromfield Street, Boston, MA 02108, by fax to […]
Changes to DCF Foster Care Review Process January 30, 2019 - CAFL attorneys should have received an e-mail from Virginia Peel on January 23, 2019 notifying them that DCF has implemented changes to its foster care review process. These changes include e-mailing attorneys notice of reviews. If you did not receive Virginia’s e-mail, you need to contact her ASAP to ensure that you receive notice of future reviews. Virginia […]