What We Do

The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Massachusetts opened in Boston in 1980. A branch office for the District of New Hampshire opened in Concord in 1995. A branch office for the District of Rhode Island opened in Providence in 2003.

We represent individuals who cannot afford to hire a lawyer in federal criminal cases and related matters. We are assigned to cases by the district courts in the three districts that we serve and by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Requests for counsel should be made directly to the appropriate court.

In addition, we provide training and education to lawyers who are on the Criminal Justice Act panels in our districts. Our support to the panel includes training programs and email updates.