Eligibility for a Public Defender or Assigned Counsel is based upon Federal Poverty Guidelines. If you feel you would qualify, you must complete an application and provide some basic documentation.
When you apply have with you a valid form of identification, proof of income and copies of the pending charge(s) or Petition(s).
This office accepts applications from 9 a.m. until Noon ONLY – Monday through Friday. Applications will not be taken over the phone, accepted via mail or dropped off by anyone other than the applicant. Applicant must be present to be interviewed and provide identification.
The office is located at the Warren County Municipal Center. Pull into the complex and turn left, drive past the County Court and Family Court parking areas, looking for the sign on your right that says Assigned Counsel Parking Lot #8. You will enter door number 13 (marked above) with signs to your right for Assigned Counsel, Public Defender, Probation. The guards will direct you further upon entry into the building.
Client Forms and Applications
You can download forms and applications for the Assigned Counsel office here, but they must be filled out and returned to Assigned Counsel in person. Note: You cannot fill these forms out on your computer, you must print them and fill them out.
Application for Counsel (Just Printable)
- app.pdf (PDF)
Application for Family Court Counsel (Just Printable)
- family_app.pdf (PDF) (PDF)
List of Documents Required to Complete Your Application (Just Printable)
- punch.pdf (PDF)