On behalf of James T. SkuthanĀ and all of the staff here at the Federal Defender's office for the Middle District of Florida, welcome to our clients and families section of our website. We hope that you will find much-needed information for your questions. Whether you are a client or family member of a client we want you to know that our mission is to provide high quality, client-centered representation to indigent defendants. Please let us know how we can serve you and if your question is not answered below please contact us at one of our offices.

  • For Clients
    • Clients Released on Bond
    • Detained Clients
    • Guidelines for Making Calls from a Detention Facility
    • Attorney-Client Privilege & Release of Information to Family/Friends
    • Client Property
  • Federal Court Process
    • Appointment of Counsel
    • Case Time Frame
    • Criminal Process
    • Appeals Process
    • Supervised Release and Violations
  • Preparing Your Case
    • Do I need a Federal Public Defender?
    • Discovery & Investigation
  • Going to Federal Court
    • Courtroom Behavior
    • Can a defendant's family come to court?
  • Bail
    • How much is bail?
    • How do family or friends post property for bail?
  • Federal Court Structure
    • Federal Courts in American Government
    • Defender Services
    • Federal Courts & The Public
    • Federal Courts' Structure
  • Glossary of Legal Terms