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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: executive


Structure & Funding of Indigent Defense Services

The Office of the Public Defender is a state-funded, state-administered agency in the executive branch responsible for right to counsel services across Hawaii. The state public defender is appointed by the Defender Council, a commission of five members with each member selected by and serving at the pleasure of the governor. Five branch offices, each staffed with full time public defenders, handle direct services. Private attorneys handle conflicts on individual cases diverted away from the public defender offices.


Statutory Authority

HRS 38 § 802-1 through 802-12

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