The SPD has been providing "justice for all" since 1977, and is an independent, executive-branch state agency that ensures Wisconsin meets its constitutional requirement of providing legal representation to the indigent.
The SPD is proud of its mission and its vision. Mission statement: To promote justice throughout Wisconsin by providing high-quality legal services, protecting individual rights, and advocating as a criminal justice partner for effective defender services and a fair and rational criminal justice system. Vision statement: Working together, the Wisconsin State Public Defender Office will lead the way in protecting justice for all.
The agency provides legal representation to the indigent throughout the state in all of Wisconsin's 72 counties. Organizationally, the SPD has 36 local trial offices, 2 appellate offices and a central administrative office. The agency utilizes staff attorneys as well as contract private attorneys (to handle conflict and overflow cases).
The SPD's website, WISPD.ORG, provides resources to clients and potential clients, private attorneys who are certified to take SPD case appointments, individuals involved in the criminal justice system, and the public interested in the state agency that delivers on Wisconsin's constitutional requirement regarding indigent defense.