Rhode Island Public Defender

Our mission is to provide high quality representation to our clients, fulfilling the governmental obligation of effective assistance of counsel, fundamental fairness and due process. Our goal is to provide client-centered advice, holistic representation and zealous advocacy. Our commitment is to treat our clients with dignity, compassion and fairness.
Mary S. McElroy, Public Defender

Public Defender Divisions


Criminal Trial

Juvenile Trial

Parental Rights Trial

Appellate Division

Community Partnership


Social Services



Training and Legislation

Rhode Island Public Defender
160 Pine Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-3492


Public Defender Interpreters

Due process requires that parties to court actions be able to fully understand and comprehend the proceedings. In addition, it is important that clients and witnesses be able to fully communicate with attorneys during the preparation of cases for disposition and trials. To meet that obligation, the Office of the Public Defender employs two full-time interpreters, primarily in Spanish. Conversations and courtroom proceedings are translated when clients and/or witnesses do not comfortably communicate in English. When clients and witnesses speak other languages, the Public Defender contracts with outside agencies to provide interpreters in the client’s or witnesses’s native language for courtroom and outside-court conversations.

The Public Defender interpreters are based at the main office (401 222-3492) and are available for telephone conversations with Spanish-speaking clients and their families

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