Public Defender

Contact Information

Wayne County Public Defender’s Office
Wayne County Courthouse
925 Court Street
Honesdale, PA 18431
Phone: 570-253-5970 Ext. 2510
Fax: 570-253-2892


The Wayne County Public Defender’s Office represents those adult individuals who have been charged with a criminal offense and are determined to be indigent. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office also represents juvenile offenders.

If you cannot afford an attorney, you may fill out an Application for Legal Representation at the Public Defender’s Office. You must provide proof of income and any papers that you have pertaining to your charge. If you are eligible, you will be provided with representation by the Public Defender’s Office. Please call to schedule an appointment. The office hours are Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A Public Defender must represent any person whose indigence prevents him from obtaining counsel for the following proceedings:

  • Juvenile delinquency proceedings
  • Critical pretrial identification proceedings
  • State habeas corpus proceedings
  • Common Pleas Court Trial, from pre-trial motions through post-trial motions
  • Superior Court and Pennsylvania Supreme Court appeals
  • Post conviction proceedings at both the trial and appellate levels
  • Preliminary hearings
  • Criminal extradition proceedings
  • Mental health proceedings
  • PFA contempt hearings
  • Probation and parole proceedings, including revocation
  • Any other situation where representation is constitutionally required.


Steven Burlein
Chief Public DefenderRichard Henry
Assistant Public Defender

Ashley Zimmerman
Assistant Public Defender

Brendan Ellis
Assistant Public DefenderChristopher E. Farrell
Assistant Public Defender

Lisa Slish
Administrative Assistant