Information for Clients

How Clients Are Assigned to Our Office


The Maricopa County Office of the Legal Advocate represents people charged with or appealing their conviction of criminal acts, those facing or appealing mental health commitments, and minor children in dependency actions as directed by the Superior Court of Maricopa County.

The Court assigns our office to represent indigent defendants, and we are not permitted to take private clients or assume representation of a client without appointment by the Court.
  1. Assisting Your Attorney
  2. Case Decisions
  3. File Retention
  4. Legal Advocacy

Working With Your Attorney


It takes time, sometimes several months, for a case to move through the courts. During that time, you can do many things to assist your attorney in working on your case.

These include:
  • Be on time for court and other legal appointments. If you are delayed for any reason, call your attorney.
  • Do not discuss your case with anyone other than your attorney or our office staff. Since anything you say may be used against you in trial, you should not discuss the case in person or on the phone with:
    • Detention officers
    • Family members
    • Friends
    • Other inmates
    • Probation officers
  • Dress appropriately for court.
  • Give your attorney copies of all relevant documents.
  • Give your attorney a list of possible witnesses.
  • Maintain regular contact with your attorney.
  • Provide current contact information including your:
    • Home and work addresses
    • Home, work, mobile, and message phone numbers
    • Let your attorney know immediately if any of these change.
  • Remember that all personal telephone calls made from the jail may be recorded.