If you have been assigned a public defender in the Birmingham Division of Jefferson County, Alabama, and do not know your attorney, please fill out this form so we may contact you.


The Supreme Court of Alabama has declared a temporary state of emergency authorizing the use of audio/video technologies in place of in-person proceedings. The Order, which is in place until Nov. 29, 2021, was issued in response to recent increases in COVID-19 infections in certain areas of the State of Alabama.

You can read the full text of the Order here: Administrative Order No. 13

Administrative Order 2021-025 Facial Covering Mandate Please see Presiding Judge Elisabeth French’s April 9, 2021 Administrative Order on pandemic procedures for the Jefferson County Courthouses.

The Office of the Public Defender is open by appointment only.  The best way to contact your attorney during this time is by email. Please see Our Team for our attorneys and their email addresses.

rev. 4/12/2021

Please see this Administrative Order issued by Judge Elisabeth French setting forth rules and guidelines for virtual court proceedings.

Also see this memorandum from the Alabama Administrative Office of Courts regarding the security of virtual courtrooms.

Special Number for Probationers and Parolees

The Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles has set up a special toll-free number for probationers to call to get information about reporting requirements during the coronavirus pandemic. There are more than 20,000 people under parole and probation supervision in Alabama. For more information on probation and supervision over the next few weeks, parolees and probationers should call 1-800-269-5081. They can also email questions@paroles.alabama.gov.

Revised 3/17/2020


As the largest public defender’s office in the state and the agency charged with representing indigent residents accused of crimes, the Jefferson County Public Defender is in a unique position to identify and address injustice in the policies and systems that affect the lives of individuals impacted by the criminal justice system. To ensure positive and meaningful outcomes for our clients, we identify these issues and advocate for systemic change, not just in the courtroom, but with the media, and other state and local entities.

Our current policy priorities include:

• Unbiased policing and arrest practices
• Reasonable charging of crimes
• Decriminalization of public health issues
• Risk-based pretrial determinations
• Accurate fact-finding & forensics
• Proportional punishment
• Access to appropriate treatment
• Realistic opportunities for reentry

Our goal is to provide the highest quality of representation to our clients regardless of their ability to pay for our services.


We encourage all qualified applicants to apply without regard to age, color, national origin, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression.