The Office of the Public Defender, Lagos State Ministry of Justice was established on July 24th, 2000 by the then Governor of the State, His Excellency Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to provide free and qualitative legal services to the indigent and oppressed residents of the state. The main objective for the establishment of the Office was to create an avenue; a forum that will be open to receive and legally deal with issues that affects the socio-economic rights of the indigent residents of Lagos State irrespective of tribal background and emphasis “was and is” on the “RIGHTS OF THE LESS PRIVILEDGED AND VULNERABLE IN LAGOS STATE”.
During the tenure of His Excellency, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), the OPD relocated from its former Head Office at Motorways, Alausa, Ikeja, to its permanent site at 2-8,Iyun Street, adjacent the National Stadium, Lagos on December 10, 2011. Majority of the workforce is now accomodated in the new edifice whilst three other units have been established in Ikorodu, Ogba, and Epe areas of Lagos State.
The Office since inception provides the following services such are: