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Public Defender Application

  1. To: Seventh Judicial Circuit Public Defender Office: Please consider my application to your office for legal representation. I understand that pursuant to S.C. Code of Laws §17-3-30(b) requires that a non-refundable $40.00 application fee be paid by me prior to my mandatory affidavit; that I am financially unable to employ counsel by either having an income that does not exceed the 2021 US Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines, and I have no monies, securities, or real property.
  2. INSTRUCTIONS FOR OBTAINING A PUBLIC DEFENDER: Take this application form and $40.00 cash payment to the: Clerk of Court Office Payment Division, Room 514, located on second floor of Spartanburg County Judicial Center (courthouse), 180 Magnolia Street, Spartanburg, South Carolina. When you have paid the $40.00 fee you will need to bring a copy of the receipt to the Public Defender's Office. The office address is Spartanburg County Administration Building, 366 North Church Street, Suite 3000 (1st Floor), Spartanburg, South Carolina, 29303. The interview process must be completed before an attorney is assigned to your case. • MAGISTRATE COURT CHARGES: The Public Defender’s office requires a minimum of ten(10) BUSINESS DAYS prior(before) to your court date in order to prepare. • INTERVIEWS ARE CONDUCTED MONDAY- FRIDAY 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM– 4:30 PM (with the exception of the days of General Session Roll Call and Appearances ). • The interview process does take time be prepared to wait, if necessary. Our Investigators must obtain important, sometimes detailed information about client and charge(s). • If you have copies of your warrants(s) and bond information please bring them with you when come for the interview. Although these documents are not necessary it would be helpful in the completion of the interview process. • Any questions, please call the office at (864)596-2561.
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