Office of the Civil Defender

Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) public health emergency, many Court appearances in Oneida County Family Court have been postponed and re-scheduled.  If you have a Family Court appearance scheduled between March 17, 2020 and June 1, 2020, that Court appearance has likely been postponed.  If you are a client of the Public Defender and you have not heard from either the Family Court or your Public Defender, please call (315) 266-6100 for Utica cases, and ask to speak with your assigned Public Defender.

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:
1.  You MUST have a case pending in Family Court;
2.  You MUST provide the Docket # and Family File # on the Application;
3.  Click below to access the Application.

Click here to apply
for Legal Services

Raymond F. Bara, Esq.
Civil Defender
Oneida County Office Building, 9th Floor
800 Park Avenue
Utica, New York  13501
Phone: 315.266.6100   Fax: 315.266.6105