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Public Defender

Under Constitutional mandate, the Public Defender's Office represents indigent defendants in all phases of criminal defense, mental health, and domestic relations proceedings. This includes intake qualifications, representation at line-ups, in prison counseling, preliminary hearings, arraignments, trials, appeals, and before investigative grand juries. In addition, this office represents defendants in parole hearings, juvenile, patients in mental health proceedings, non-support cases, protection from abuse cases, paternity suits, and domestic relations cases.

The Public Defender’s Office does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or age.


Public Defender
Ann P. Russavage-Faust

First Deputy
Peter C. Hall

Administrative Deputy
Lisa M. Douple

Office Administrator
Debbie J. Meier

Office of Public Defender
Bucks County Justice Center
100 North Main Street, 1st Floor
Doylestown, PA 18901