The Alabama Supreme Court has extended its prior Orders through April 30, 2020. Click here for the full .pdf Order.

rev. 4/2/2020

The Jefferson County Commission passed an emergency resolution on March 31, 2020, continuing the closing of all Jefferson County Courthouses through April 30, 2020. Download the .pdf announcement here.

rev. 4/1/2020

In-Person proceedings in Alabama courts are suspended from March 16, 2002 to April 16, 2020 subject to the Supreme Court of Alabama’s Administrative Order (click here for .pdf). Please refer to it for exceptions, closings, hearings, and full details.

Additionally, 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.

Please see Administrative Order 2020-026 COVID-19 Emergency Pandemic Response (.pdf document) issued March 25th, 2020 by the Honorable Elisabeth French, Presiding Circuit Judge of the 10th Judicial Circuit. The Jefferson County Courts Emergency Response Plan (.pdf document) is also available.
Revised 3/26/2020

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

Revised 3/17/2020


The Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office is now accepting applications for Assistant Public Defender. Please see the full employment announcement on our Employment page. Applications are accepted until 4/17/2020.


The Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office was established to serve people who cannot afford legal representation in the Criminal Courts of the Birmingham Division of Jefferson County. Our office represents clients in misdemeanor and felony matters in Criminal Courts as well as on appeal.

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


The Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office (JCPD) provides legal representation to persons charged with criminal crimes in the Birmingham Division of Jefferson County. The JCPD offers an unpaid internship program to law students throughout the State of Alabama.

Interns assist attorneys and investigators in the different stages of client representation, including, meeting with clients and witnesses, reviewing and organizing discovery materials, researching constitutional and criminal law issues, drafting motions or pleadings, and preparing cases for trial. Interns will also have opportunities to observe hearings and trials.

The program requires a commitment of at least 12 hours per week for students seeking to work either during the fall or spring semester. The summer program requires a full-time commitment.

Applications must include a cover letter and resume. Please specify when you are interested in working. Students pursuing externship credit are welcome to apply. Please direct your applications via email to or mail package to:

Jefferson County Public Defender
950 22nd St N. Ste 1000
Birmingham, AL 35203


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.