Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are changing the way we work. Our physical offices are closed, but we continue to work remotely.  If you need to reach us please email or call and leave a message, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We are continuing to communicate with our incarcerated clients through telephone and/or video conferencing. We are limiting in court appearances and handling most cases by telephone or video conferencing. The vast majority of pending cases have been adjourned. The exceptions are those cases where the client has a chance of being released. We are also working with clients who may be eligible for compassionate release.

Welcome to Office of the Federal Public Defender - Northern District of New York

Office of the Public Defender Northern District of New York

The Office of the Federal Defender for the Northern District of New York is authorized under Title 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, the Criminal Justice Act, to provide legal representation to persons financially unable to retain counsel in federal criminal and related proceedings. Representation includes counsel and investigative, expert and other services.

Members of the Federal Defender’s Office share a commitment to excellence and a passion for justice in representing indigent people accused of all types of federal criminal offenses. We provide quality legal representation and advice to individuals financially unable to employ counsel in federal criminal cases and related matters in the federal courts. We handle a wide range of cases including felonies, misdemeanors, appeals and non-capital habeas matters. We are equally committed to providing training and education to all criminal justice act panel attorneys so they too can maintain a standard of excellence in the representation of indigent clients in federal court. Our philosophy is to combine hard work, constant training and intense dedication in the defense of all indigent clients.

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