Why the Public Defender Is Withdrawing from Providing Representation at the CJC

Public Defender Jeff Adachi pulls out of CJC, citing the Mayor’s refusal to fund indigent defense counsel. Adachi also explains how the Public Defender’s Office has set the standard high for representing indigent persons in CJC.

Board of Supervisors Votes to Partially Restore Public Defender’s Budget

Months of budget battles came to an end Tuesday as the Board of Supervisors voted to restore $650,000 to the Public Defender’s Office. The restoration is in addition to $300,000 that the Budget and Finance Committee voted to allocate to the office last month.

A Question of Parity?

“Parity” is not the same as equality when it comes to funding this country’s promise of justice for all.

Board to Vote on Restoring Public Defender’s Budget on July 21, Please Attend

The Board of Supervisors plans to vote on restoring funds to the Public Defender’s Office budget on Tuesday, July 21 at 2:00pm, in City Hall, Room 250. Please attend the hearing if you can! Please meet on the steps of City Hall at 1:40pm where we will distribute Public Defender t-shirts to wear during the […]

Public Defender Outlines Impact of $1.6 Million Budget Cut

Public Defender Jeff Adachi asks the Board of Supervisors to restore funding to avoid increased costs to the city.

Press conference to highlight the need to fully restore the Public Defender’s Office budget

Show your support while former clients of the Public Defender’s Office explain how the legal services provided by the office contributed to positive outcomes in their lives.

Newsom v. Public Defenders, Part II

“In my earlier submission, I predicted that the budget battle between the Mayor and the Public Defender’s office would end badly. What I didn’t predict is what actually happened.”

Signature Drive to Restore Public Defender’s Office Funding

The Public Defender’s Office and the 29,000 people it represents need your support.

S.F. cannot afford to cut public defender’s budget

According to the co-chairs of the Constitution Project’s National Right to Counsel Committee, proposed budget cuts to the Public Defender’s Office threaten to exact a toll on San Francisco that would greatly outweigh their modest fiscal benefits.

Don’t shortchange justice

SF Chronicle: The proposed cut is seriously shortsighted and dishonest. If a defendant can’t get a public defender, the job goes to a pool of private lawyers where one will take the case – and bill the city. Total savings: just about zero.

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