Clay County

Clay County

Cynthia Hunold Cook
Director of Clay County

The Clay County Office of the Fourth Judicial Circuit Public Defender is located on the First Floor of the Clay County Courthouse in Green Cove Springs, FL. Director Cynthia Hunold Cook oversees a staff of fourteen people, eight of whom are Assistant Public Defenders. There are two circuit criminal (felony) divisions in Clay County, Divisions CFA and CFB. The Director and Division Chief represent clients in both Divisions, primarily cases where individuals are charged in Capital or Major Crimes. Two additional attorneys are assigned exclusively to each of the Divisions handling the bulk of the felony cases in Clay County. There are two county court (misdemeanor) divisions in Clay County, Divisions MMC and MMD, with one Assistant Public Defender assigned to represent clients in each. There are two juvenile divisions in Clay County, JVC and JVD; one APD advocates for the children who face proceedings in both divisions. First appearance court, which is held every day of the year is staffed by attorneys on a rotational basis. Clay County offers two Problem Solving Courts; Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court are initiatives that provide judicial oversight of rigorous rehabilitation to qualified individuals. In Adult Drug Court, the proven program works to alleviate a client’s drug addiction has caused criminal actions. The Veterans Treatment Court was established in Clay County in 2013 to serve a growing veteran population; because some continue to battle service-related mental and other injuries, this program provides necessary resources to the client to alleviate issues that have manifested into criminal activity. The Clay County Office of the Public Defender staff consists of three Legal Assistants, one Investigator and a Receptionist.

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