Bannock County Courthouse in Pocatello Idaho

Bannock County Public Defender

Randall Schulthies

Department Mission

The mission of the Bannock County Public Defender is to effectively represent indigent persons in serious criminal, mental health, juvenile, and abuse/neglect cases within Bannock County.  The Court-ordered services provided by the Public Defender are extended to people who cannot afford to hire an attorney.

The Public Defender’s duties include arguing preliminary motions in court, conducting criminal investigations, interviewing witnesses and clients, preparing cases for trial, negotiating plea agreements, trying cases in front of juries and judges, and arguing post-trial motions.  The Public Defender occasionally represents defendants in appeals and post-conviction petitions.

Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. provides services to low income persons. Their web site has a wealth of information on obtaining legal services including several downloadable pamphlets on various topics of interest to victims of domestic violence. Idaho Legal Aid has offices at 482 Constitution Way, Suite 101, Idaho Falls, Idaho, 83402, (208) 524-6603 and at 150 South Arthur, Suite 203, P.O. Box 1785, Pocatello, Idaho 83204 (208) 233-0079.