Serving the Western District of Missouri

Who We Are – The Federal Defender for the Western District of Missouri operates under the authority of the Criminal Justice Act. We provide defense services to individuals who are financially unable to obtain adequate representation in Federal criminal cases. A person's eligibility for defender services is determined by the federal court.

Our Mission – Members of this organization provide our clients with legal services of the highest quality. We zealously represent the human worth, dignity and interest of our clients with courage, devotion and uncompromised advocacy. We uphold the rights of our clients while dealing ethically with the court system, representatives of the criminal justice system, and our clients.

Notice to FPD contractors regarding possible government shutdown. While we are hoping for the best, we are preparing for the worst, and want our contractors to know what might happen if Congress fails to prevent a government shutdown this weekend. Annual funding for the government expires at midnight on September 30, 2023. A lapse in appropriations may mean that certain planned procurements may be cancelled, and certain existing contracts may be stopped, reduced in scope, terminated, or partially terminated. In yet other cases, parties to contracts may be unable to fulfill their obligations due to the shutdown. If the FPD determines that any of these actions is necessary, or that any contract cannot be fulfilled, we will promptly notify you with instructions for the affected contract. If you do not hear from us, you can assume that your contract will not be affected and proceed under the original contract terms.

See the Federal Judiciary's full notice to contractors here. And please know that our clients are grateful for your service. Thank you for working with us.

1000 Walnut Street
Suite 600
Kansas City, MO 64106
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Hammons Tower
901 East Saint Louis Street, Suite 801
Springfield, MO 65806
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U.S. Courthouse
80 Lafayette Street, Room 1100
Jefferson City, MO 65101
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