The Office of
Defense Services

Information for new and current clients regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Operations at the Delaware Courts have changed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus), but our office is still operational and accepting new clients. Please reach out at the below numbers  if you have been arrested and need a Public Defender.

  • (302) 255-0130 in New Castle County
  • (302) 739-4476 in Kent County
  • (302) 856-5310 in Sussex County

The Office of Defense Services will have extended hours on Tuesdays until 8 p.m. to conduct telephone interviews for individuals who cannot reach the ODS during normal business hours. These will be conducted by a bilingual intake investigator so that interviews may be done in Spanish or English. This service is offered statewide for individuals with charges in any county. The interview must be scheduled in advance by calling (302) 752-3374.

Do not come to our office locations to request a public defender. Please call the numbers above and speak to the representative on the phone or leave a voicemail and someone will promptly return your call to schedule an intake interview over the phone. More information is available here.


If you already have an attorney, please call. Contact information for attorneys is here. Please leave a message with a name, contact information, and case number. If you do not know who your attorney is, please call (302) 577-5200 for New Castle County, (302) 739-4476 in Kent County and (302) 856-5310 in Sussex County. If you are represented by an attorney from the Office of Conflicts Counsel, please call (302) 468-5074.

If you need assistance with a civil matter, please review this information from Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.

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Do you need to post bail? Please check this link for more information

Para proteger a nuestros clientes y a nuestro personal del COVID 19 coronavirus, todas las entrevistas para registrarse y obtener los servicios de un abogado de la Oficina del Defensor Público serán realizadas por teléfono hasta nuevo aviso.

Sea tan amable de llamar al teléfono (302) 577-5148 dejando su nombre completo, su fecha de nacimiento y el número de su caso si acaso lo tiene. para solicitar una entrevista.

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