Take 5- Public Defender's Office Building
This edition of Alachua County's "Take 5" highlights the recently opened Alachua County Public Defender's Office Building. The new building is located at 151 SW 2nd Avenue in Gainesville, Fl.
Public Defender Stacy Scott said, "Moving into this modern facility allows us to better serve the public. My staff and I are thrilled to see the project successfully completed." The Office of the Public Defender, 8th Judicial Circuit, represents adults and children charged with criminal offenses and clients held in civil commitment under the "Baker Act" and the "Sexually Violent Predator Act." The 8th Circuit is comprised of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, and Union counties. In FY 2014-15, circuit-wide the Public Defender's Office represented a total of 13,985 clients in a total of 16,541 cases. In Alachua County, the office represented 8,835 clients with 10,387 cases. The office employs 68 people, with 50 of those employees working in the Alachua County headquarters.
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