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Public Defender

Gary Knaresboro, Public Defender

300 Center Street
Ridgway, PA 15853
Phone: (814) 245-2100
Fax: (814) 245-2101

Mission Statement

The Public Defender Act requires each County within the Commonwealth to provide a defender with adequate staff and sufficient equipment to represent indigent people on:

  • Juvenile delinquency petitions
  • Pre-trial lineups
  • Preliminary hearings
  • State habeas corpus proceedings
  • State trials
  • Superior court appeals
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court appeals
  • Post conviction matters
  • Extradition
  • Probation and Parole matters
  • Mental health proceedings
  • Any other situation where representation is constitutionally required

In addition to the services required by the Public Defender Act, the County requires that the Public Defender represents:

  • Children in dependency and adoption proceedings
  • Elderly persons on petitions brought under the Older Adult Protective Services Act.

The State also requires that the office represents any inmate incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Rockview who is currently involved in parole revocation proceedings.

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Elk County Courthouse
250 Main Street
P.O. Box 448
Ridgway, PA 15853

Elk County Courthouse Annex
300 Center Street
P.O. Box 448
Ridgway, PA 15853