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salt lake legal defender association

The Salt Lake Legal Defender Association is a nonprofit legal organization that provides representation to indigent individuals accused of crimes in Salt Lake County. We were established in 1965 and receive funding from Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, and other funding partners for the purpose of ensuring that people receive their rights under the Sixth Amendment of the U. S. Constitution.

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The Salt Lake Legal Defender Association provides quality representation in preserving, protecting, and promoting our client’s rights in the criminal justice system. We represent indigent persons in all felony, misdemeanor, and specialized juvenile cases.  We are committed to a holistic and client-centered advocacy by working diligently to ensure your constitutional rights are protected.

Our staff of over 165 employees consists of attorneys, legal assistants, investigators, social service professional, file processors, and technicians; all of whom work as a team to provide quality representation to our clients in the Third District Court of justice courts in Salt Lake County

If an attorney from our office is appointed to represent you, please contact us so we can begin working on your case.


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Legal Practice Areas


Property Crimes

From retail theft to complex white collar crimes, our attorneys zealously represent individuals charged with property crimes.


Sex Offenses

We know how serious being accused of a sexual offense is. Whether you are looking for a trial or a beneficial resolution, our experienced and compassionate attorneys always provide excellent representation.


Violent Crimes & Domestic Violence

Our skilled attorneys work hard to defend people charged with violent crimes. Whether you are accused of simple assault or attempted murder, our attorneys will fight hard for you.


Homicides & Capital Homicide

Our office has the largest number of capital qualified attorneys in the state. Our investigative and social service experts ensure that our work in this area is the best of the best.



Our appellate attorneys appear exclusively before the Utah Supreme Court and the Utah Court of Appeals and are experienced writers and oral advocates.

Our Mission and Vision

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Our Mission

Advocate for people in the criminal system by providing client-centered services, protecting rights, and promoting social justice.

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Our Vision

A legal system that protects people's constitutional rights and achieves social justice.

If we have been appointed to represent you, Let Us HEAR From You

Call Now: 801-532-5444