Public Defender

Attention Public Defender Clients

Our Application can be found below, in the Application section of this page.

Applications can be submitted to our office via:

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Erie County Public Defender's Office

The Erie County Public Defender is the county agency responsible for providing legal representation and other services to those accused of a crime who cannot afford to hire their own attorney. The United States Constitution and the Ohio Constitution guarantee the right to an attorney, because an attorney is needed to protect an individual’s rights and to present the evidence necessary for a fair and reliable determination of guilt or innocence. The Erie County Public Defender is critical to the fairness of the criminal justice system: the quality of justice the person receives should not be determined by the person’s financial status.


  • T. Douglas Clifford (DIRECTOR)
  • Christopher Carroll
  • Harsh Tandon
  • Kelli Jelinger
  • Robert Ritzler
  • Alyssa Sidelka

Social Services

  • Margaret J. Black - Licensed Social Worker


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Office Hours

Mon-Fri 8:00AM - 4:00PM
The office will be closed for lunch Monday through Friday from 12:00PM to 1:00PM 
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