; Adam Bello, County Executive

Public Defender

Contact Information

Tim Donaher
Public Defender


Office of the Public Defender

Executive Office Building
10 N. Fitzhugh Street
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: 585 753-4210
Fax: 585 753-4234

Representing Indigent Individuals

The Public Defender is appointed by the Monroe County Legislature for a two-year term.

The Public Defender’s Office represents indigent individuals in Criminal Court and Family Court proceedings.

Legal Service Components

In compliance with federal and state constitutions, the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office is a legal service component of Monroe County Government which:

  • provides quality legal representation to its clients;
  • advocates for the protection of the constitutional rights of its clients;
  • contributes to the efficient and effective operation of the criminal justice system in Monroe County;
  • where appropriate, advocates and works toward achieving results that have the greatest likelihood to help rehabilitate clients; and,
  • creates a work environment that supports the empowerment and teamwork of its employees.

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