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