The SPD provides legal representation for persons who are accused of crimes or are defendants in certain specified civil matters, and who meet statutory financial eligibility criteria. The SPD uses both staff attorneys and private attorneys (certified to accept SPD appointments) in fulfilling Wisconsin's constitutional obligation regarding legal representation of the indigent.
The mission of the Wisconsin State Public Defender is to zealously represent clients, protect constitutional rights, and advocate for an effective and fair criminal justice system. Our commitment is to treat our clients with dignity and compassion.
Who We Serve
The SPD provides legal representation to the indigent throughout the state in all of Wisconsin's 72 counties