The 16th Judicial District Public Defender’s Office serves St. Martin, Iberia and St. Mary Parishes. We provide legal representation to eligible adults and juveniles in criminal matters and parents in child in need of care cases.

Our mission is to zealously defend the rights, liberties and dignity of our clients through high quality legal representation. We practice client-centered advocacy while adhering to performance standards, ethical excellence and data-driven practices. We support the integrity and fairness of the justice system with compassion for our clients and respect for all.

How to get a public defender

Eligible clients are referred to our office by the Court. All incarcerated clients are assessed by a Judge at first appearance. If you are out on bond, you can request a public defender at your next court date.

Public Defender’s Office

The 16th Judicial District Public Defender’s Office has 3 office locations: St. Martin Parish, Iberia Parish (Main Office) and St. Mary Parish.
Iberia Office
301 E St Peter St, New Iberia, LA 70560
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
St. Martin Office
106 W Berard St, St Martinville, LA 70582
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
St. Mary Office
107 Wilson St. Franklin, LA 70538
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm

Job Opportunities

We are always accepting resumes for the positions of staff or contract attorney, legal assistant, and intern. Please click here for job descriptions and openings.

File a Complaint

Before you file your complaint with us, take a moment to make sure you have all of your important information. The more details you can provide, the more effectively we can review your complaint. Please note: The system cannot save your complaint in progress, so you will need to complete the form in one sitting.