The Contra Costa County Public Defender Office is committed to "vertical representation" of our clients. This means that each client is assigned one attorney who has sole responsibility for the client's case. Unlike public defender models where clients are represented by a different attorney at every stage of the case, we strive to insure that the substantive consultations, strategy development and in-court representation is provided by the one assigned attorney to the greatest extent possible.
Our policy is to rotate attorneys among both office locations and geographical areas of the County so that experience can be gained practicing in all courts. We also rotate attorneys among the different types of assignments so that all attorneys in our office will gain and share experiences in each practice area.