Welcome to Office of Federal Public Defender - District of New Mexico

Office of the Public Defender -
District of New Mexico

Welcome to the website of the Federal Public Defender Organization for the District of New Mexico. The Federal Public Defender (“FPD”) is a federal agency in the Judicial Branch of the U.S. Government. Federal Public Defender organizations were created to vindicate the Right to Counsel in criminal cases established in the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Our Mission is to provide first quality, effective, ethical legal representation to the clients assigned to us by the federal courts. In order to maintain independence, the Federal Defender, the head of the FPD, is appointed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. The Federal Public Defender Organization is regulated administratively and financially by the Office of Defender Services, a division of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts in Washington D.C.

Stephen P. McCue, FPD