Public Defender

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The liberties of none are safe unless the liberties of all are protected.
U.S. Chief Justice, William O. Douglas (1898-1980) 

There can be no equal justice where the kind of trial a man gets depends on the amount of money he has. 
Hugo Black, Griffin v. Illinois (1964)

 

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Mission Statement
  
The Adams County Public Defender’s Office is responsible for providing legal representation to all juveniles who commit criminal offenses and to financially qualified individuals in adult criminal cases, parole/probation and intermediate punishment revocation matters, protection from abuse contempt cases, cases involving alleged contempt of court for non-payment of fines and costs, and mental health involuntary commitment hearings. Eligibility for representation is based on the income and personal assets of the individual (and in some cases, his or her household) who has applied for services.  Individuals who are incarcerated automatically qualify for public defender services. 
 
It is the objective of this office to provide competent and effective representation on behalf of the accused/client in each case, and to ensure that all individuals, regardless of financial circumstances, are afforded due process and the protections of our state and federal Constitutions. 
 
When submitting an Application of Assignment of Counsel you must include a copy of all case papers and hearing notices as well as your last 3 paystubs. You must submit the original application either in person or by mail.  
 
We do not accept completed applications by fax or e-mail.
 ​Kristin Rice
Chief Public Defender 
 
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Contact Information: 
 
County of Adams​
Public Defender ​
117 Baltimore Street​
​Room 8
​Gettysburg, PA 17325
 
Phone:
717-337-9842 ​
Fax:​
​717-337-2585
​Email
 
Hours:
​8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m.
​Monday - Friday