Public Defender


Andy Thomas

“We provide all of our clients with zealous and diligent representation. Our aim is to obtain equal, timely, and fair justice for all.”

- Andy Thomas

Office Closures
COVID-19 Updates

Mission Statement

We provide zealous and effective representation for the indigent accused of crimes in trial courts and on appeal. We labor to guarantee our clients timely, equal and fair justice. Staff is provided a supportive and collaborative environment that enables them to deliver the highest quality legal services. We advocate for resources, appropriations, infrastructure, and all necessary training and technology to enhance the fulfillment of our Mission.


MAY 26, 2020


Public Defender Andy Thomas has extended closure to the public until July 2, 2020 - Please visit our Facebook page for more information.

MAY 7, 2020


Based on the Florida Supreme Court’s Order extending emergency measures in the courts, we will remain CLOSED to the public until June 1st, 2020. Please continue to contact us by email at, or by phone as outlined in the Contact Guide.

MARCH 16, 2020


In abundance of caution and to maximize social distancing necessary to contain the coronavirus as recommended by public health experts, I am taking the following steps to protect our staff, our clients and our community:

The Public Defender’s Offices in all six counties (Leon, Jefferson, Gadsden, Liberty, Wakulla and Franklin) will be closed to visitors starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17th until Wednesday, April 1st, 2020.

Clients of the Public Defender's office, please do not show up for interviews in our office; please limit calls to us, as our phones may be monitored only once a day; we will contact you as conditions return to normal. Unless you directed to come into our office for a specific reason, please do not come by. Know we will still be working for you.

Essentially, Court has been cancelled for individuals who are not in jail. The Chief Judge has stated lawyers may waive their client’s appearance in court. Do not appear for court unless directed to do so by your attorney within a short time before the scheduled hearing.

Witness depositions and client interviews scheduled in the public defender’s office from Tuesday, March 17th to Wednesday, April 1st are hereby cancelled. Witnesses and clients will be notified as these events are rescheduled.

The Public Defender will utilize a limited staff to handle critical functions of our office. In most cases, that means the supervisors in each division will cover their division and the rest of the staff will work from home. We will maximize use of our technology and telework will be the standard for the time being. We expect fewer than 10% of our employees to be working in our offices during the shutdown, but mission-critical assistant public defenders and staff will continue to represent in-custody clients during specially set video plea hearings, video bond hearings, and emergency motions.

November 2019: We are hiring! Please see our ads on the PeopleFirst website:


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In The News

Gadsden County's Public Defenders Office Receives Recognition:

Gadsden County Public Defender's Office Receives Recognition:
It is a rare experience for a Public Defender's Office to get the thanks and appreciation that our Gadsden office received by County Commission Resolution on February 5, 2019! Special recognition is due every one of our lawyers, investigators and staff for contributing to this effort. Special thanks to Chief Assistant PD, Gadsden County, Daniel Hogan for his leadership and vision! This is proof intentions matter and holistic law works.”

Public Defenders Blend Law and Social Work to Reduce Crime

Public Defenders Blend Law and Social Work to Reduce Crime:
Andy Thomas and former Public Defender Nancy Daniels featured in the Tallahassee Magazine article Public Defenders Blend Law and Social Work to Reduce Crime.

For more updated office news and local events, please visit our facebook page at: Public Defender, 2nd Judicial Circuit, Florida.