OPD exists to provide the citizens of Orleans Parish with the highest quality client-centered legal representation in Louisiana’s criminal and juvenile justice system. Our vision is to create a community-oriented defender office built upon the zealous defense of the poor and indigent while acknowledging the strengths of clients, families and communities. OPD acts to:
- Protect the guarantees of the Louisiana and United States Constitutions and maintain adherence to the rule of law
- Foster a more open and inclusive society by increasing access to and protection within the courts for the poor and indigent
- Assist in the development and expansion of rehabilitation and alternative programs for clients and their families
The mission of the Orleans Public Defenders Office is to provide each eligible client with client-centered legal representation of the highest quality – zealous, conscientious, caring, professional, ethical and skilled – whether in criminal, juvenile or municipal/traffic court.