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4 PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICE FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONPublic Defender Service 1 LEGAL AUTHORITY AND MISSION The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) is a federally funded, independent organization governed by an eleven-member Board of Trustees. PDS was created by a federal statute1 enacted to comply with a constitutional mandate to provide defense counsel to indigent individuals.2 The mission of PDS is to provide and promote quality legal representation...