Public Defender’s Office

Emergency Judicial Order Dated April 20, 2020

The Judicial Emergency Declared in the 45th Judicial District of Pennsylvania Shall Continue to Exist Through May 31, 2020 due to the COVID – 19 Crisis.

Lackawanna County Public Defenders Office Establishes Free Legal Hotline

Staff attorneys from the Lackawanna County Public Defenders office are providing free legal advice in criminal matters over the phone for an initial consultation only during the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning Wednesday, April 8.

This “round-the-clock” assistance is being staffed by highly experienced staff. This service is being offered regardless of whether the client meets income guidelines, which typically determine eligibility for the office’s legal services.

Emergency Judicial Order Dated April 1, 2020

in accord with the Order of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dated April 1, 2020 extending the declaration of the Judicial Emergency through April 30, 2020, it is hereby ordered and decreed that, the Judicial Emergency declared in the 45th Judicial District of Pennsylvania shall continue to exist through April 30, 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis

Emergency Judicial Order Dated March 16, 2020

in accord with the Order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania authorizing this Court to declare a Judicial Emergency in the 45th Judicial District of Pennsylvania, I do hereby declare that a Judicial Emergency exists in this Judicial District and shall continue to exist until April 14, 2020 on account of COVID-19

The Lackawanna County Public Defender’s Office represents those adult individuals who have been charged with a criminal offense and are determined to be indigent.

If you cannot afford an attorney, you may obtain an Application for Legal Representation at the Public Defender’s Office. You must provide proof of income and any papers that you may have pertaining to your charge. If you are eligible, you will be provided with representation by the Public Defender’s Office free of charge.

If you are in prison, you may obtain an Application for Legal Representation from your counselor. The completed Application will be delivered to the Public Defender’s Office and you will be notified of your eligibility.

The Public Defender’s Office is located on the first floor of the Lackawanna County Courthouse, 200 North Washington Avenue, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18503.

Resources and Links

 Application for Public Defender

Administrative Contacts

Phone: 570-963-6761
Fax: 570-963-6338


Lackawanna County Courthouse
200 N. Washington Avenue
1st floor
Scranton, PA 18503

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