I think you worded this incorrectly. I think you are seeking pro bono representation on criminal cases, and if you don't get it, you want the Pub. Def. to take the criminal cases. I'd be surprised if a pub. defender would help you prosecute a civil case you filed against someone. Good luck!
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The US Constitution has been interpreted to mean that a lawyer will be appointed in a criminal case against a defendant if he or she cannot afford one. No county in Illinois will appoint a lawyer in a civil case.
I don't get this. But if the court wants no's from lawyers licensed in the state where the charges are which you do not set forth in your question.
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You will not get a public defender to represent you on a civil matter, they are only appointed on criminal matters for indigent defendants. In addition, most courts tyically will not appoint a public defender unless the state is seeking jail time. Perhaps if your civil case has merit an attorney woud be willing to take that (again only the CIVIL case) on a contigency basis.