In 2007, the Florida Legislature created a system of regional court-appointed counsel to represent indigent defendants in three types of cases: criminal cases in which the public defender has a conflict, dependency and civil cases, and certain statutorily authorized civil commitment proceedings. The regional counsels also handle appeals and post conviction motions.
The Legislature's intent is to provide adequate representation in a fiscally sound manner, while safeguarding constitutional principles.
When the public defender determines there is a conflict of interest, a judge shall appoint the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel to represent any indigent defendant who is under arrest for or charged with a felony, a misdemeanor authorized for prosecution by the state attorney, a violation of the State Uniform Traffic Control Act punishable by imprisonment, criminal contempt, or a violation of a special law or county or municipal ordinance ancillary to a state charge.
Criminal conflict and civil regional counsel also has responsibility for persons entitled to court-appointed counsel under the federal or state Constitution or as authorized by general law in civil proceedings, such as proceedings to terminate parental rights.
First Region: Candice Brower, Regional Counsel, 850-922-0179
Second Region: Ita M. Neymotin, Regional Counsel, 239-208-6925
Third Region: Eugene Zenobi, Regional Counsel, 305-679-6550
Fourth Region: Antony Ryan, Regional Counsel 561-837-5156
Fifth Region: Jeffrey Deen, Regional Counsel 407-389-5140