The Noble County Public Defenders’ Agency is an independently operated Governmental Agency providing representation in Criminal, Juvenile, Children in Need of Services, Parental Termination and Commitment proceedings along with Appeals associated with these types of cases. The Agency is directed by a three member board who are Noble County residents and who can neither be an elected or public official, nor have any association with law enforcement.
The Board, assisted by the Chief Public Defender, sets office and operational procedures. Distinguished Noble County Attorney, John C Thrapp served as Chairman and President of the Agency from its creation until his death in 2010. Mr. Andy Bell now serves as Chairman and President of the Agency. James J. Abbs has served as Chief Public Defender since 2002.
Presently, the Noble County Public Defenders’ Agency employs eight attorneys and three support staff members along with the ability to hire Investigators. There are three full time public defenders and six deputy public defenders who are part time. The nine attorneys have over 175 years of legal experience and all of the attorneys are experienced trial practitioners. Supporting these attorneys are three legal assistants. Presently, the Noble County Public Defenders’ Agency is housed in a building located at 110 E. Jefferson Street, Albion, Indiana. The building consists of four offices, a conference room with video conferencing and two work stations for support staff members.
The Public Defenders’ Agency handles approximately 70% of all major felony cases filed in Noble County and 90% of all juvenile cases. The agency also handles nearly all of the CHINS cases filed in Noble County along with mental health commitments. Since the agency was formally formed in 2000 and it has gone full time, it has saved the county approximately five Million Dollars with bringing reimbursement money from the State of over a three Million Dollars.
Noble County, Indiana
Noble Public Defender
110 East Jefferson Street
Albion, Indiana 46701
Facts and Figures
The Noble County Public Defender Agency handles 70% of all level 1 thru 5 Felonies; 60% of all level 6 Felonies and 50% of all C Felonies filed in Noble County. They also handle approximately 90% of all Juvenile cases, nearly all of the CHINS/TPR cases filed in Noble County. Overall, they are presently handling nearly 50% of all Criminal and Juvenile cases filed in Noble County.
During this period of time, they have brought back savings to the County of over approximately 3.5 Million Dollars. They have also brought back over a 2 Million Dollars in reimbursement money to the County general fund while operating at nearly the same budget they did prior to becoming involved in the reimbursement program in the year 2000. The present staff includes 8 attorneys with over 175 years of legal experience and 3 staff members.