Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are changing the way we work. While our physical offices are closed to the public, we are continuing to work with a skeleton staff onsite, and a full functioning staff off site. We will continue to represent our clients, appear in court, and tend to business, even if business is slightly delayed. Our immediate responsibility is to slow the spread of the virus. And we do that by limiting contact with each other and with other members of the general public. We are available to answer questions about our operating procedures during normal business hours.

Welcome to Office of the Federal Public Defender - Middle District of Pennsylvania

Welcome to the Website for the Office of the Federal Public Defender, Middle District of Pennsylvania

We intend this website to provide useful information for clients, CJA Panel attorneys, and other criminal defense attorneys. This site may also prove useful to people interested in the administration of criminal justice in the federal courts, and in recent developments in criminal practice. For additional information about this website or about the Office of the Federal Defender, Middle District of Pennsylvania, please contact us at an address, phone, or fax number found under "Contact Us".

The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act of 1964 (as amended), 18 U.S.C. § 3006A (CJA). We provide defense services to people who are financially unable to obtain adequate representation in federal criminal cases, appeals, and habeas corpus matters. Please understand that before the CJA permits us to represent you, the federal court must, first, determine that you are eligible, and then, second, the court must decide to appoint this office to represent you. Attorneys in this office may not engage in the private practice of law.