Public Defender




We have offices in four locations throughout Santa Barbara County. The main office is housed in the Superior Courthouse in Santa Barbara; our north county office is located in the Court complex in Santa Maria with smaller sub-offices in Lompoc at the Court and at the Juvenile Court facility in Santa Maria . The addresses and telephone numbers are:

Santa Barbara Office (See Location Map)

1100 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 568-3470
Fax (805) 568-3536

Santa Maria Office (See Location Map)

312 E. Cook Street, Building B
Santa Maria, California 93454
(805) 346-7500
Fax (805) 346-7670

Juvenile Office (See Location Map)

4285 California Boulevard, Suite C
Santa Maria, CA 93455
(805) 934-6944
Fax (805) 934-6945

Lompoc Office (See Location Map)

115 Civic Center Plaza
Lompoc, California 93436
(805) 737-7770
Fax (805) 737-7881



In fiscal year 2015-2016, the total Office budget was: $11,044,299.


Case Load

The Public Defender caseload has increased from around 9,000 cases/year in 1979 to around 23,000 cases/year in 2015. The caseload has been fairly steady in recent years, with a roughly equal contribution from North and South County, the total varying between 19,000 and 23,000 cases/year.


Employment Opportunities

The Public Defenders Office is a department of the County of Santa Barbara which operates under a civil service system. Recruitments are handled by the Human Resources Department and application materials may be obtained from them.


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