Our criminal justice system recognizes that quality legal representation in criminal and related proceedings is a fundamental right of the people and that there should be no distinction in the availability of quality legal representation based upon a person’s inability to pay. In furtherance of that fundamental right, the State of Illinois provides for effective county public defender systems throughout the State to represent indigent persons in criminal and related proceedings. The Sangamon County Public Defender is appointed by a majority vote of the circuit judges within the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Illinois and holds office at the pleasure of those judges competent to appoint. The Office currently consists of six full-time attorneys, seven part-time attorneys, a legal secretary, and an administrative secretary. The Office is located in Room 301 of the Sangamon County Complex, 200 South Ninth Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701.
Robert J. Scherschligt
Sangamon County Public Defender