The California Office of the State Public Defender (OSPD) ensures that criminal defendants receive quality legal representation in state appellate courts. Established in 1976 by the California Legislature, the agency has managed cases involving non-capital felonies for over a decade; OSPD began focusing on death penalty cases in 1990. The agency handles cases in the Court of Appeals, the California Supreme Court, and the US Supreme Court. OSPD has played a key role in developments in capital litigation, right to counsel, search and seizure, and other issues. The agency has regional offices in Sacramento and San Francisco.
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