Justice Statue  

"The right of one charged with crime to counsel may not be deemed fundamental and essential to fair trials in some countries, but it is in ours."

Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963)

Fern Laethem
Executive Director

Sacramento County Conflict Criminal Defenders (CCD), a county department within Countywide Services, provides legal representation to those charged with criminal conduct who are financially unable to retain counsel. The Sacramento Superior Court appoints Conflict Criminal Defenders when the Public Defender cannot provide representation because of a conflict of interest or insufficient staff.

Conflict Criminal Defenders provides representation to our clients by assigning private attorneys who are active members of the Sacramento County Bar Indigent Defense Panel. Many  of Sacramento County’s finest criminal defense attorneys are members of the Indigent Defense Panel. Some of them have always been in private practice; others have experience as former Assistant Public Defenders or Deputy District Attorneys.

The principal objective of Conflict Criminal Defenders is to provide zealous and effective representation in a cost-effective manner.

*Investigator Panel*

Conflict Criminal Defenders is not accepting new investigator applications at this time.

New Mileage Rate

Effective • 1/1/14 @ 0.56

Ethics & Civility

The Practice of Law Training Materials 3/31/14 Available on the Training page

Effective 9/1/14:

Updated Attorney Claim Forms must be used and any other versions will be returned.

The principal objective of Conflict Criminal Defenders is to provide zealous and effective representation in a cost-effective manner.

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