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At a Glance (as of 2013)

Percentage of state funding: 100%
Percentage of local funding: 0%
Percentage of alternative funding: 0%
State commission: yes
Branch of government: judicial


Structure & Funding of Indigent Defense Services

The Division of Public Defender Services in Connecticut is a state-funded agency in the judicial branch that oversees both primary and conflict defender services throughout the state. The independence of Connecticut’s public defense system is ensured through an independent seven-person commission appointed by diverse authorities: Governor, Chief Justice, Speaker of the House, Senate President Pro Tempore, and the House of Representatives Minority and Majority Leaders.


Trial-level services are provided throughout the state by branch offices staffed with full-time attorneys serving the state’s 13 judicial districts, 13 juvenile venues and 20 geographic area courts. Conflict representation is handled by a panel of private attorneys, which is also administered statewide by the Division of Public Defender Services.

Statutory Authority

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 51-289 through 52-259A

Source of data: original research conducted by Sixth Amendment Center staff.