Regional Counsel 4th District, FL: Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel
      Antony Ryan, Regional Counsel
   Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel
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The five Regional Counsel offices were created by the legislature (Statute 27.511) in 2007 to provide legal representation to indigent persons in basically three classes of cases: 1) criminal conflict cases that the court grants the Public Defender's motion to withdraw and appoints the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel [OCCCRC], 2) dependency and civil cases and 3) certain statutorily authorized civil commitment proceedings.

Over the last few years, the Regional Counsel offices have saved Florida tax payers millions of dollars while providing quality representation to its clients.

Types of Cases Handled by the Agency (per Statute 27.511)
Conflict Cases, in which Public Defender has withdrawn:

- A felony
  - A misdemeanor
  - Criminal traffic
  - Criminal contempt; or
  - A violation of a special law or county or municipal ordinance ancillary
    to a state charge, or if not ancillary to a state charge, only if the office
    of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel contracts with the court
    or municipality to provide representation pursuant to ss 27.54 and 125.69.
  - Alleged to be a delinquent child pursuant to a petition filed before a
    a circuit court;
  - Sought by petition filed in such court to be involuntarily placed as a
    mentally ill person under Part
I of Chapter 394, involuntarily committed as
    a sexually violent predator under Part V of Chapter 394, or involuntarily
    admitted to residential services as a person with a developmental disabilities
    under Chapter 393;
  - Convicted and sentenced to death, for purposed of handling an appeal to
    the Supreme Court; or
  - Is appealing a matter in a case arising of the above

Primary Representation:

  - Guardianship (s. 393.12, Chapter 744)
  - Dependency (Chapter 39)
  - Parental Notification Act (Chapter 390)
  - Tuberculosis Control (Chapter 392)
  - Marchman Act (Chapter 397)
  - Adult Protective Services (Chapter 415)
  - Disability of Non-age Minors Removed (Chapter 743)
  - Children and Families in Need of Services (Chapter 984)

The agency is divided into five main regions, based on the Florida
District Court of Appeals.

District   Judicial Circuits   Regional Counsel
1st   1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th & 14th   Jeffrey Lewis
2nd   6th, 10th, 12th, 13th & 20th   Ita M. Neymotin
3rd   11th & 16th   Eugene Zenobi
4th   15th, 17th & 19th   Antony Ryan
5th   5th, 7th, 9th & 18th   Jeffrey Deen

Legislative Success Story
An important aspect and the intent of the legislation, F.S. 27.511, which found the Office of the Regional Counsel, is that adequate representation be achieved through a fiscally-sound and prudent manner. The chart below illustrates how efficacious the approach has been; saving the taxpayers millions in due process expenditures.

  Fourth District

15th Judicial Circuit
15th Judicial Circuit

401 South Dixie Highway
2nd Floor
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone:(561) 837-5156
Fax:  (561) 837-5423

17th Judicial Circuit
600 S. Andrews Avenue
Suite 600
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: (954) 713-1220
Fax:   (954) 713-1271

19th Judicial Circuit

301 SE Ocean Boulevard
Suite 201
Stuart, FL 34994
Phone: (772) 223-2610
Fax:   (772) 223-2614

124 N. 2nd Street
Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Phone: (772) 429-2166
Fax:   (772) 429-2170

1705 19th Place
Suite D-2
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone: (772) 778-6330
Fax:   (772) 778-6336


Main Courthouse
304 NW 2nd Street, Room 202
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Phone: (863) 763-4749
Fax:   (863) 763-1252

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