“Defending you, protecting your family,
preserving your rights.”
**Emergency Message from the Regional Counsel**
Due to the devastation caused by hurricane Michael, RC1 offices in Marianna and Panama City are closed until at least October 22, 2018 which is when court in the 14th Circuit is expected to re-open. Phones are or will be operational soon and we are working quickly to re-rout calls and/or leave information for RC1 clients. Dependency clients who have not heard about the welfare of their children are urged to call and let us know as soon as possible so we can assist in getting information.
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. The offices were created in response to the unpredictable and rapidly rising costs of the State’s obligation to pay for attorneys for the indigent where a right to an attorney exists. In addition to criminal cases, the right to an attorney exists in many civil proceedings including, Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights Cases, Guardianship cases, developmental disability guardianships, involuntary commitments (Marchman Acts, and Jimmy Ryce cases), and children and families in need of service cases among others. The Regional Counsel’s offices are the first line of indigent defense for the people in these various civil cases. RC1’s expansive district encompasses 32 counties in North Florida and covers six Judicial Circuits including the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th and 14th.
The highly skilled and experienced attorneys within RC1 are committed to providing excellent legal representation. We believe all people, regardless of income, are entitled to not just effective, but skilled and compassionate representation. The Regional Counsel represents thousands of people and many of them are faced with the most difficult challenges they will face in their lifetimes.
In addition to protecting the public’s legal interests, we continue to 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. We are proud to be a valuable and cost-efficient public service to the people while “safeguarding constitutional principles.” FL Statutes § 27.511
Candice K. Brower
Regional Counsel, 1st DCA Region
Offices of Criminal Conflict & Civil Regional Counsel
- First District of Florida – Read more about the First District
- (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th and 14th Circuits)
- Regional Counsel Candice K. Brower
- Second District of Florida – View Web Site
- (6th, 10th, 12th, 13th and 20th Circuits)
- Regional Counsel Ita M. Neymotin
- Third District Court of Florida – View Web Site
- (11th and 16th Circuits)
- Regional Counsel Eugene Zenobi
- Fourth District of Florida – View Web Site
- (15th, 17th and 19th Circuits)
- Regional Counsel Antony Ryan
- Fifth District of Florida – View Web Site
- (5th, 7th, 9th and 18th Circuits)
- Regional Counsel Jeffrey Deen
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