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About the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel


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 OCCCRC, 2) dependency and civil cases, and 3) certain statutorily authorized civil commitment proceedings. OCCCRC also handles appeals and post conviction motions.

As noted under Statute 27.511, the Florida Legislature states “it is the intent of the Legislature to provide adequate representation in a fiscally sound manner, while safeguarding constitutional principles.”

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


Saving Taxpayers Millions Over Cost of CAC

OCCCRC’s are a Legislative Success AND save taxpayers millions of dollars over the cost of CAC while providing quality representation.


Cost of Court Appointed Counsel
Fiscal Year Amount
2004-2005 $48.6M*
2005-2006 $68.2M*
2006-2007 $94.6M*
2007-2008 $120.7M
2008-2009 $75.5M
2009-2010 $79.6M
2010-2011 $79.6M
2011-2012 $76.9M
* Indicates years prior to Regional Conflict Counsel Offices.


Types of Cases Handled by the Agency (Per Statute 27.511):

Conflict Cases:

Cases the Public Defender has withdrawn from due to conflict:

  • Felony
  • Misdemeanor
  • Criminal Traffic
  • Criminal Contempt
  • Violation of a County or Municipal Ordinance
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Violation of Probation or Community Control
  • Motions seeking correction, reduction, or modification of a sentence under Rule 3.800, Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • Appeals for the above mentioned cases
  • Death Penalty Appeals

Civil Cases:


The agency is broken into five main offices, based on the Florida District Courts of Appeals. View a map of the Fifth District, including each office's location, on our information page.

Map of Counsel offices in the state of Florida

Offices are:

  1. First District of Florida - View Web Site
    1. (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th and 14th Circuits)
    2. Regional Counsel Candice Brower
  2. Second District of Florida - View Web Site
    1. (6th, 10th, 12th, 13th and 20th Circuits)
    2. Regional Counsel Ita M. Neymotin
  3. Third District Court of Florida - View Web Site
    1. (11th and 16th Circuits)
    2. Regional Counsel Eugene Zenobi
  4. Fourth District of Florida - View Web Site
    1. (15th, 17th and 19th Circuits)
    2. Regional Counsel Anthony Ryan
  5. Fifth District of Florida - Read more about the Fifth District
    1. (5th, 7th, 9th and 18th Circuits)
    2. Regional Counsel Jeffrey Deen

Fifth District

The Fifth District covers the 5th, 7th, 9th and 18th circuits. There are seven office locations.

5th district office location map

Casselberry – Main Office:
101 Sunnytown Road, Suite 310
Casselberry, FL 32707
407-389-5139 - Fax
Serving Orange County,
Seminole County and Deland

7165 Murrell Road, Suite 101
Melbourne, FL 32940
321-752-3180 - Fax

533 W. Main Street
Tavares, FL 32778
352-742-6020– Office number
352-742-6023 - Fax

307 NW 3rd Street
Ocala, FL 34475
352-732-1228 - Fax

St. Augustine:
2450 Old Moultrie Road, Ste 201
St. Augustine, FL 32086
904-797-8118 - Fax
Serving Flagler County, Putnam County and St. Johns County.

149 South Ridgewood Ave., Suite 310
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
386-238-4961 - Fax

5047 Treiman Blvd.
Ridge Manor FL, 33523
352-583-4361 - Fax
Serving Citrus County, Sumter County and Hernando County.