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Public Defender’s office moves

Franklin County Courthouse in Chambersburg, PA

The Franklin County Public Defender’s Office is now located in the county’s historic courthouse at 2 N. Main St., Chambersburg. The office was previously located in the adjacent Courthouse Annex.

To access the office, visitors must enter through the Franklin County Judicial Center, first passing through security; then heading to the second floor and using the catwalk to access the historic courthouse.

Visitors can then either use the elevator or stairs to reach the first floor offices. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information about the move, call 717-261-3863 or visit The Public Defender’s office official mail address is now: 14 N. Main St., Chambersburg, PA 17201.

This relocation is part of the county’s multi-faceted court facilities improvement project, which addresses long-standing concerns for improved security, efficiency and co-location of court-related offices. For more information on the project, visit


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