The Public Defender's Office is an integral part of the criminal
justice system providing representation to indigents accused
of crimes in a vigorous and cost effective manner. The Public
Defender's Office also represents parents in matters in which
the state seeks to make their children dependants of the court,
as well as those people accused of criminal contempt of court
and people who are involuntarily committed during certain mental
health proceedings. The Public Defender's duties are mandated
by the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of
the State of California, and by statutes enacted by the California
Legislature. The services provided by the office help assure
the orderly administration of justice within our community and
protect the liberty of those accused of crime as well as those
who might someday find themselves accused.
It is the mission of the Stanislaus County Public Defender's
Office to provide quality legal representation to indigents
who are accused of criminal offenses, involved in juvenile
court proceedings or who are involved in statutorily defined
civil proceedings. The goal is to provide a fully competent,
effective, and ethical defense to each client whose cause
has been entrusted to the office for representation; to provide
all mandated legal services in a cost effective and efficient
manner; and to conduct that representation in a manner that,
in so far as possible, the county criminal justice system
operates effectively, efficiently, and achieves justice. The
federal and state constitutions and statutes, along with county
decisions and rules, require the County to provide these legal
services to individuals who cannot afford to hire lawyers.
The Office of the Public Defender in Stanislaus County was founded
in the early 1970's as a contract firm for the purpose of
Information about the office:
The Office of the Public Defender in Stanislaus County is staffed by
23 attorneys and a support staff of 12 including paralegals
and an investigative staff of 7.
Public Defender Profile:
The current Public Defender for Stanislaus County is Mr. Tim
Bazar. Mr. Bazar was recognized as Trial Lawyer of the year
by the Tulare County Trial Lawyers Association in 1990.
Tim Bazar began work in February, 1996 as the new Public
Defender for Stanislaus County. Mr. Bazar is restructuring
the office to better serve the community and has met with
members of the bench and management of all other County
criminal justice agencies in furtherance of this goal.
The previous and first Public Defender in Stanislaus County
was Mr. Dallas Cole. Mr. Cole served the office for 25 years.