The Founding Fathers were concerned that criminal laws, while necessary, could be used by the government to suppress the rights of citizens. The Public Defender’s Office exists to guarantee that the poor have the right to a fair trial. The Public Defender’s Office has and will continue to uphold and enforce the Constitutional rights of the indigent and thus make the Constitution a living reality. "The public defender epitomizes why so many have entered law school. They seek not fame or fortune. Instead, they seek the higher level of professional satisfaction of representing the people who most need legal representation. Public defenders stand alone, armed only with their wits, training, and dedication. Inspired by their clients' hope, faith, and trust, they are the warriors and valkyries of those desperately in need of a champion."
Ms. Litty has been your elected Public Defender for the 19th Judicial Circuit since 1992. Over the past 23 years in office she has spear-headed several innovative programs to save the state and counties tax dollars while improving the service the 19th Circuit Public Defender's Office offers the community.
Ms. Litty has helped write legislation to assist the courts in levying and collecting Public Defender Fees. The 19th Circuit Public Defender's Office has collected over $10,000,000 since Diamond R. Litty took office.