Public Defender

Filing a Complaint with the OC Public Defender's Office

Difference Between Filing a Complaint with the Office of Independent Review (OIR) and the Orange County Public Defender’s Office:

The Office of Independent Review (OIR): The OIR is an independent entity that ensures transparency and accountability within five county agencies, including the Orange County Public Defender's Office. It focuses on identifying systemic issues and specific incidents that pose high risks and potential liabilities.  If you would like to file a complaint with the OIR Click Here. 

The Orange County Public Defender’s Office: The Orange County Public Defender's Office provides quality representation to indigent clients through its three units: the Public Defender’s Office, the Alternate Defender's Office, and the Associate Defender's Office. While they do not have a specific complaint form, they welcome feedback and concerns from the public.

How to contact the Public Defender's Office:

  1. Visit the Contact Page of the OC Public Defender's Office:

    Use the following link to access the Public Defender's contact page:

    Public Defender's Office - Contact Page

    Click where it says “Feedback”

    Provide detailed information about your concerns or feedback

For further details and more, visit the Public Defender's Office webpage here.