When will I meet with my Public Defender?
If you are scheduled for a preliminary hearing, you will meet your attorney on your court date. If you were indicted and are scheduled for an arraignment, your attorney will be assigned after that court date. It generally takes at least 5 to 7 days following the appointment of the Public Defender’s Office for your case to be assigned and to get the attorney a copy of your file.

Clients scheduled to appear in one of the County Justice Courts can expect to meet with their attorney on the day of the Pretrial Conference.

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1. How do I get a Public Defender?
2. When will I meet with my Public Defender?
3. How can I help my attorney?
4. What type of cases does the Public Defender’s office handle?
5. Why was I told to contact your office within in 2 days of being released from jail?
6. Where and when can I get a copy of my police report?
7. What is a preliminary hearing?
8. What happens at the Initial Pretrial Conference?
9. Why was my hearing vacated?
10. Who has a right to file a notice of appeal?
11. How much time do I have to file a notice of appeal from a Superior Court case?
12. Who files the notice of appeal?
13. Who has a right to file a PCR (petition for post-conviction relief)?
14. How much time do I have to file a PCR?
15. I missed my court hearing, what do I do?
16. Can I get my attorney right now because I want to get my bond reduced?
17. How often should I expect to hear from my attorney?
18. I was told my case was “Scratched.” What does that mean?