At our November 30 meeting, Jeff York, DuPage County Public Defender, discussed the operations, structure, and role of the Public Defender's Office in the criminal justice system. 
The DuPage County Public Defender's Office represents indigent individuals charged with a criminal offense in DuPage County.  The representation begins only after the accused person requests the appointment of counsel by the Court, is shown to be indigent by filing an affidavit of assets and liabilities, and the Court in a written order directs that person is to be represented by the Public Defender's Office. The office is staffed by 30 licensed attorneys, and support staff.