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Juvenile Division

2605 E. 25th Street Suite 100 Indianapolis, IN 46218

TPR/CHINS

Division Chief: Jan Berg  (317) 327-8674
The Marion County Public Defender Agency provides parents with attorneys when the State of Indiana (through the Department of Child Services) files a petition accusing them of either abuse or neglect of their children. These attorneys defend the parents against the State's accusations. If the Court decides the children need services anyway, these attorneys continue to represent their clients in order to reunify the family. These are civil proceedings which implicate the parents' rights to parent their own children. If the State files criminal charges, those cases will be heard in one of the Criminal courts. Often the two cases proceed at the same time in the two different court systems. The Agency attorneys are divided into teams. Each case will have a lead attorney assigned whom has primary responsibility for the case. The other members of their team will assist lead counsel and may cover in court for the lead attorney at any given hearing. Preserving Families - one child at a time.

Juvenile Delinquency Division

Division Chief:  Jill Johnson (317) 327-8212

The Juvenile Division represents children accused of committing delinquent acts and parents of children where the State believes a child's physical or mental well being is being impaired or endangered by acts or omissions of the child's parent or guardian. The attorney assigned to a client may be a full time attorney with the agency, or may be an attorney who contracts wit the agency on a part time basis.

Most adults and virtually all children qualify for a court appointed attorney. In some cases, the court will appoint an attorney without being asked, but that is rare. In most cases, the request must be made, in court, by the child or the parent. In some cases, the name of your attorney can be given to you in court. In other situations, you will need to call our office to find out the name and phone number of your attorney.