Welcome From the Kansas Federal Public Defender
The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Kansas was established in Wichita in the Spring of 1973. In the fall of 1973, our Kansas City office was opened. The Topeka office was opened in January of 1989. There are offices in all three of these cities because there are Federal Courts in each of these locations.
The attorneys in our offices are appointed by the federal courts to represent those people charged with federal offenses who cannot afford to retain an attorney to represent them. Our representation of a client involves both the trial and appellate levels of a case. We also represent clients in matters concerning alleged violations of probation and supervised release.
This website is primarily intended to provide information about our office and the federal criminal justice system to our clients, their families, loved ones, and friends, and to provide litigation support and information to private attorneys in Kansas who have volunteered to accept appointments in federal criminal cases under the Criminal Justice Act. They are known as “CJA Attorneys.” We hope that you will find this site helpful.