Supreme Court officially makes Karozos state public defender

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Indiana’s new state public defender was officially appointed Monday with an order from the Indiana Supreme Court.

Pursuant to Indiana Code § 33-40-1-1, Amy E. Karozos will begin her four-year term as state public defender Jan. 13.

Karozos, a Marion County public defender in the juvenile division, has previously served as a project director for the Indiana Public Defender Council. She assumes the post previously filled by former state defender Stephen Owens, who retired in December. 

Karozos was selected last month by the Supreme Court from a group of finalists.

The State Public Defender is a state-funded judicial branch agency that provides representation to indigent incarcerated individuals and some juveniles in post-conviction relief cases to assure the fundamental fairness of the criminal justice system.

Karozos’ term expires Jan. 13, 2024, according to the order. 

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