The Alternate Public Defenders Office is a second public defender office created by the County Board of Supervisors to handle cases where the regular Public Defenders Office has a conflict of interest. An Alternate Public Defender (“APD”) is an attorney who works for and handles cases assigned to the Alternate Public Defenders Office. A Public Defender (“PD) is an attorney who works for and handles cases assigned to the Public Defender’s Office. Both are highly qualified, trained attorneys who specialize in criminal defense. All APD and PD lawyers have completed law school, passed the California State Bar exam and are licensed by the State Bar to practice law in California.