Public Defender
The Orleans County Public Defender’s Office represents indigent residents accused of criminal activity committed within the County of Orleans. This office has represented nearly thousands of indigent defendants in Orleans County Court, thirteen local Justice Courts, and the New York State Parole System. Clients also include inmates incarcerated at the County’s two State Correctional facilities who file habeas Corpus Petitions in Orleans County Supreme Court. The Orleans County Public Defender’s Office also fields hundreds of calls from the general public, friends, family of current clients, and local magistrates regarding the defense of the indigent client in Orleans County.


•    Joanne L. Best, Esq., Public Defender
•    Patricia D. Pope, Esq., Assistant Public Defender
•    Dominic Saraceno, Esq., Assistant Public Defender
•    Christopher T. Wilcox, Esq., Assistant Public Defender
•    Mark C. Murphy, Esq., Assistant Public Defender
•    Laurie Cole- Confidential Secretary to the Public Defender
•    Cynthia Troy- Case Manager 
•    Sandra Gapa- Court Liaison & Data Officer


3 South Main St, Second Floor
Albion, New York 14411
Phone: (585) 589-7335
Fax: (585) 589-2592