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Columbia County, FL | Public Defender

PUBLIC DEFENDER- 3rd Judicial Circuit

Honorable Blair Payne, Public Defender

Serving Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee and Taylor Counties

Location: 145 North Hernando Street, Columbia County
Courthouse Lake City, FL 32055

The Public Defender protects the constitutional and statutory rights of all citizens through the effective legal representation of court appointed clients, pursuant to Chapter 27, Florida Statutes.

The Public Defender's goal is to provide quality representation to all appointees. Because "quality representation" cannot be defined or measured in wins and loses, this program is not necessarily conducive to performance measurement. The measures that have been developed are rather designed to determine the quality of work in other ways, i.e. frequency of client contact, time of case resolution, and attorney experience.