Generally, the Indigent Defense Coordinator refers cases first to the public defender for acceptance. The public defender conducts an internal check on these cases and accepts all cases except those where a conflict of interest or other legal reason prevents representation.
Cases that are not accepted by the public defender are then referred by the Indigent Defense Coordinator to the legal defender. The legal defender conducts the same internal checks and determines if that office can accept the case.
Cases that are not accepted by either the public defender or the legal defender are then referred to private contract attorneys. Private contract attorneys are private attorneys who have entered into a contract with Cochise County which pays them to represent indigent clients that neither the public defender nor the legal defender can accept.