16th Circuit Public Defender Office

The 16th Circuit Public Defender Office provides legal representation qualifying individuals charged with criminal offenses in York and Union County, S.C.  

Harry A. Dest

Harry A. Dest has been with the Public Defender's Office for 27 years. Following service as an Assistant and Deputy, Harry became the Chief Public Defender for York County in 1997. In 2008, the South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense named Harry the 16th Circuit Public Defender, the first appointment of its kind under the new Indigent Defense Act of 2007. A member of the Commission since 1995, Governors Hodges, Sanford and Haley have all tapped him to serve as the Committee Chairman during their tenures. Harry has a Juris Doctorate from Campbell Law School and is a graduate of East Carolina University. 

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Bryson J. Barrowclough

Bryson J. Barrowclough serves as the Deputy Public Defender of the 16th Judicial Circuit Public Defender Office. He holds a Juris Doctorate from Boston College and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. He has been with the York County Public Defender Office since 1995 and was elected the South Carolina Public Defender of the Year in 2014. He has also served as a Prosecuting Attorney with the Luzerne County, PA, District Attorneys Office.

Apply for a Public Defender

If you are charged with a crime and cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for representation from the Public Defender's Office.
Applications for a Public Defender are accepted at the Clerk of Court's Office, also in the Moss Justice Center or at the Municipal or Magistrate Court that has jurisdiction of the charges. There is a non-refundable $40 fee to apply for a Public Defender.
For more information call the Public Defender's Office at 803-628-3031. You may reach the Clerk of Court's Office by calling 803-628-3036.