Fontella Baker honored for "outstanding" work.  Click here to view full story.

Reserve woman who shot neighbor in chest claims self-defense, acquitted at trial while represented by St. John the Baptist Pubic Defender, Michael D. Smith, Jr.  Click here to view full story.

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​​​A former client of St. John the Baptist Public Defender, Lisa Parker, thanks her for going above and beyond when she saved him from an Angola sentence and got him acquitted in 10 minutes. Click on the video below for the full story!

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Effective June 1, 2020

40th JUDICIAL DISTRICT PUBLIC DEFENDER OFFICE

St. John the Baptist Parish

425 West Airline Highway, Suite D

Laplace, Louisiana  70068-3825

Tel: (985) 651-6677 | Fax: (985) 651-5800


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The St. John the Baptist Public Defender Office is a proud partner of Gideon's Promise. For more information about Gideon's Promise, go to:

Public Defender Successful: Attorney Elizabeth Goree actively participated in her first jury trial with mentor experienced Attorney Lisa Parker.  Click here to view full story.

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