Public Defender - Civil Division
The Office of the Oneida County Public Defender - Civil Division shall represent without charge any indigent individual entitled to and who is financially unable to obtain counsel in certain proceedings before the Oneida County Family Court and the Oneida County Surrogate's Court. Such representation shall be provided at every stage of the proceeding in these Courts, including appeals if, in the judgment of the Public Defender - Civil, the facts and circumstances warrant such an appeal.
The Attorneys and Support Staff of the Public Defender - Civil Division provide representation and service before the Oneida County Family Court, which sits in the Utica Courthouse, 200 Elizabeth Street and the Rome Court Facility, 301 W. Dominick Street, and the Oneida County Surrogate's Court, which sits in the County Office Building, 8th Floor, 800 Park Avenue. We serve the calendars of four Family Court Judges, three Support Magistrates, a Court Attorney Referee in Model Court, Oneida County Family Treatment Court in Utica and Rome, and the Judge of the Surrogate Court in matters of adoption and guardianship. In the Family Court, matters concern custody, visitation, child abuse and neglect, child support, adoption, paternity, persons in need of supervision (PINS) proceedings and juvenile delinquency (JD) proceedings.
To Apply for Legal Services:
Raymond F. Bara, Esq.
Oneida County Public Defender - Civil Division
Oneida County Office Building, 9th Floor
800 Park Avenue
Utica, New York 13501
Phone: 315.266.6100 Fax: 315.266.6105