Public Defender

Mailing Address:
PO Box 132
Chester, SC 29706

Physical Address:
140 Main Street
Chester, SC 29706

Phone: (803) 385-3232
Fax: (844) 320-0291

Chief Public Defender: Mike Lifsey
Assistant: Amanda Huey

South Carolina's public defender system is based on the state's 16 judicial circuits. Each judicial circuit has a Circuit Public Defender who has full responsibility for the administration of public defender services in each of the counties within the circuit. Circuit Public Defenders are appointed to the position for four year terms by the South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense upon nomination to the position by a Selection Panel consisting of attorneys representing each of the counties within the circuit. Circuit Public Defenders are employees of the State of South Carolina. Funding for each circuit comes from the State of South Carolina and from each of the counties within a circuit. The circuit public defender system replaced a system of non-profit defender corporations with the passage of the South Carolina Indigent Defense Act of 2007.