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  • Office of Court Appointed Counsel

    Mission Statement

    The Pima County Office of Court Appointed Counsel’s (OCAC) mission is to assure that adequate legal representation is afforded to all persons eligible for counsel under Arizona law. OCAC works with the Superior Court, Juvenile Court, Court of Appeals and Justice Courts to assign indigent defense cases to the appropriate office: Public Defender, Legal Defender or Contract Attorney. OCAC determines financial eligibility for court appointed counsel and assesses fees to defray part of the cost of providing indigent defense services.

    VerneHill

    Verne Hill
    Director
    Office of Court Appointed Counsel

    In January, 2017, Verne Hill retired from the Public Defender’s Office, where he served for 20 years as a trial attorney in the felony division. For his last two years he supervised the Intake/Specialty team. For a short time, Verne operated as a sole practitioner with a contract on the felony panel. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Verne worked for many years in the areas of cost accounting and budgeting. 

    Verne’s duties and responsibilities as Director of OCAC include planning and directing the administrative and operational functions of the department. Among other things, he administers the contracts, oversees billing compliance, makes case-related expenditure determinations, and monitors attorney performance. He works with PDS Admin on long-term cost strategies and budgeting.

    Employee Directory

    Name

    Phone

    Verne Hill, Director

    (520) 724-4463

    Terri Dawson

    (520) 724-4468

    Kristina Dunlap

    (520) 724-4456

    Judy Hufnagel

    (520) 724-4459

    Lindsay King

    (520) 724-4464

    Celeste Lee

    (520) 724-4467

    Steven Monreal

    (520) 724-4460

    Havannah Newens

    (520) 724-4453

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    Office of Court Appointed Counsel

    33 N. Stone Ave.
    19th floor, Suite 1905
    Tucson, AZ 85701

    (520) 724-4465


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