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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Do you want to help children and parents in crisis? Apply for our Springfield training! January 17, 2020 - For the last few years, the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families has intervened in lives of Massachusetts families at an alarming rate. Most of these families cannot afford to hire attorneys. Fortunately, in Massachusetts there is a right to counsel for parents and children in state intervention cases. Unfortunately, there are not enough certified […]
Committee Meeting Agenda – January 16, 2020 Meeting January 10, 2020 - Approval of minutes of the December 18, 2019 meeting Amicus Requests: Commonwealth v. Long, SJC-12868 Commonwealth v. Rambert, 2018-P-1282 Commonwealth v. J.S., A Juvenile, 2019-P-1645 Four Co-Defendant Cases:  SJ-2019-0511; SJC-0513; SJ-2019-0512; SJ-2019-0510 Commonwealth v. Bohigian, SJC-12858 (Reporting Only) Monthly Financial Overview Report Commitments $10,000 and Over Report Chief Counsel Report
Calendar Year 2020 Committee Meeting Dates January 9, 2020 - All meetings will being at 5:30 p.m. in the CPCS Conference Rooms at 44 Bromfield Street, Boston, MA.  The meetings will be held on either a Wednesday or Thursday evening as noted. January 16 (Thursday) February 19 (Wednesday) March 19 (Thursday) April 16 (Thursday) May 20 (Wednesday) June 17 (Wednesday) July 15 (Wednesday) August (NO […]
CPCS Editorial: Attacks on Bail Decisions Don’t Tell Full Story December 20, 2019 - Public officials have been chastising New Bedford judges for their bail decisions – using words like “liberal” and “limited” to describe their tendencies. Committee for Public Counsel Services leadership felt the need to push back Randy Gioia, Deputy Chief Counsel of the Public Defender Division for CPCS, wrote an editorial for the New Bedford Standard-Times indicating […]
John Lozada Receives Lifetime Achievement Award December 19, 2019 - John Lozada, the Equity and Inclusion Director for the Committee for Public Counsel Services, was named this year’s recipient of the Lucia Mayerson-David Lifetime Achievement Award at El Jolgorio Navideño, the largest Latino holiday gala in New England. Lozada was given the award during a reception on Dec. 14. “A trailblazer in Boston and throughout […]
Certification Training to Represent Children in Child Requiring Assistance (CRA) Cases December 19, 2019 - 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 […]