Public Defender Information

The Court can appoint a public defender to you if you are not able to afford to retain an attorney. At a criminal arraignment you will be offered the option for a court appointed public defender if you enter a plea of not guilty. You will be requested to complete the Public Defender Application to ensure that you’re not financially able to afford your own counsel.

Dayton Justice Court currently utilizes the following:

Public Defender


Ken Ward


165 West Main Street # B
Fernley NV 89408
Phone (775) 575-2228
Fax (775) 575-2257

Ken Ward currently utilizes the Dayton Justice Court on Mondays at 5:00 PM to meet with his clients. This is advised at the time of appointment during arraignments; however, if you are unable to meet him at this time, please contact him directly at the above number to coordinate a meeting.

You may also obtain legal advice from Nevada Legal Services for any questions or concerns, since our clerks are prohibited from offering legal advice.