The Office of the Federal Public Defender, Southern District of Texas, operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act of 1964 (CJA), 18 U.S.C. § 3006A. It provides defense services in federal criminal cases and other covered matters to individuals who are financially unable to obtain adequate representation. A person’s eligibility for defender services is determined by the federal court. Defender organization attorneys may not engage in the private practice of law.


The defender organization for this district is headquartered in Houston, and it has staffed branches in Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Laredo, and McAllen.


The primary purpose of this site is to support CJA panel attorneys of the Southern District of Texas in their appointed cases. Additionally, information is provided for federal defendants and others interested in criminal cases in our district. None of the information on this site is intended as, or should be taken as, legal advice.


Our Mission