Criminal Trial Support Unit (CTSU)

The Criminal Trial Support Unit (CTSU) of the Private Counsel Division certifies and assigns qualified private counsel to represent indigent criminal defendants in criminal proceedings in the district and the superior courts.  The unit provides leadership, training, support, attorney mentoring, and oversight to private counsel across the state to ensure client-centered and zealous representation in all stages of the criminal process.

Unit Personnel & Office information

Filing a Complaint

  • By Phone: The unit has 5 staff attorneys who are assigned on different days of the week to handle incoming complaints.  Please call Deborah Giardina at (617) 910-5791 and ask to speak to the staff attorney of the day assigned to take complaints. Incarcerated individuals should call (617) 482-6212, and ask to be transferred to Deborah Giardina at the Criminal Trial Support Unit (617) 910-5791.  She will connect the caller with the staff attorney of the day assigned to take complaints.
  • By Electronic or Regular Mail:  To access the complaint form, please click hyperlink: Complaint Form.  Please submit electronically to, you may also mail the form or submit a written complaint to the attention of: Criminal Trial Support Unit, Committee for Public Counsel Services, 100 Cambridge Street, 14th Floor, Boston, MA  02114.  An administrative staff member will contact you to discuss the complaint.

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