Public Defender

Public Defender

Hours

8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Monday - Friday

Phone

402-563-4961

Fax

402-563-4962

Address

2610 14th Street
Columbus, NE 68601

Email

Location

The Platte County Public Defender's Office is located on the second floor of the Courthouse.

Defending the rights of the accused; Preserving the rights of all.

Timothy P. Matas

Public Defender

Jessica S. Fauss

Deputy Public Defender

Barbara J. Masilko

Deputy Public Defender

Lindsay Meister

Paralegal

Courtney Will

Legal Assistant

It is the duty of the Public Defender to represent all indigent felony defendants within Platte County.

It is the duty of the Public Defender to represent all indigent persons charged with a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment within Platte County.

It is the duty of the Public Defender to represent all indigent persons against whom a petition has been filed with the Platte County Mental Health Board.

The office of the Public Defender is elected by voters every 4 years.  Mr. Matas has held this position since 2010.