“Defending you, protecting your family,
preserving your rights.”


Welcome to the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel for the First DCA Region of Florida (RC1). Our office was created by the legislature in 2007 (SB 1088) to represent indigent people accused of crimes that the Public Defenders were unable to represent due to a conflict of interest. An office was created in each of the five districts in Florida to make up the five Regional Counsel offices. We also have the duty of representing parents in Dependency Cases, protecting their rights in regards to their children. Other types of cases we handle include Guardianship cases including developmental disability guardianships, involuntary commitments (Marchman Acts, and Jimmy Ryce cases),  and children and families in need of service cases.

The highly skilled and experienced attorneys within RC1 pride ourselves in providing excellent legal representation. We believe all people, regardless of income, are entitled to not just effective, but skilled and compassionate representation. Regional Counsel represents thousands of people and many of them are faced with the most difficult challenges they will face in their life times.

In addition to protecting the public’s legal interests, we also strive to protect the fiscal interests of the people of the State of Florida. Since the creation of the Regional Counsel offices in 2007, the cost of indigent legal representation to the taxpayers has reduced significantly and we intend to ensure that trend continues.

Candice K. Brower
Regional Counsel, 1st DCA Region

Florida Regional Counsel Districts

Offices of Criminal Conflict & Civil Regional Counsel

  1. First District of Florida – Read more about the First District
    1. (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th and 14th Circuits)
    2. Regional Counsel Candice K. Brower
  2. Second District of Florida – View Web Site
    1. (6th, 10th, 12th, 13th and 20th Circuits)
    2. Regional Counsel Ita M. Neymotin
  3. Third District Court of Florida – View Web Site
    1. (11th and 16th Circuits)
    2. Regional Counsel Eugene Zenobi
  4. Fourth District of Florida – View Web Site
    1. (15th, 17th and 19th Circuits)
    2. Regional Counsel Antony Ryan
  5. Fifth District of Florida – View Web Site
    1. (5th, 7th, 9th and 18th Circuits)
    2. Regional Counsel Jeffrey Deen