Missouri State Public Defender System

The Missouri Public Defender System (MSPD) is the organization responsible for providing legal representation to all indigent citizens accused of or convicted of crimes in Missouri. Working with MSPD allows individuals to make a difference in their community, gain valuable work experience and provide assistance to those in need.

MSPD is a statewide agency primarily comprised of three legal service divisions: the Trial Division, Capital Division and Appellate/Post-Conviction Division. Attorneys in district offices within each division provide direct representation to our clients.

MSPD employs about 580 people; approximately 370 of them are attorneys. They are assisted by support staff, paralegals and investigators. Together, the lawyers and staff provide high-quality, zealous criminal representation in almost 90,000 cases each year in district offices located throughout Missouri.

For more information, visit the Missouri Public Defender website.