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Can I get a public defender for my divorce case?

Van Nuys, CA |

Hi, my name is Carlene.

Can you tell me the phone number for the public defenders office?

My divorce case has a court date of 5/5/09.

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Attorney answers 2


A. The public defender's office is in the phone book where you live.

B. You can't get a public defender for a divorce case. They are for criminal cases only.


Mr. Garner is correct, the Public Defender is only available for a criminal case, not family law. However, you may want to check at the courthouse, as many counties have an office that will assist people who are representing themselves in a family law case. Here in Orange County it is called the Family Law Facilitator's office.

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