Welsey's clients are made up of those accused of crimes, those facing involuntary commitment for mental health and addiction, and children who must appear in delinquency cases.
“Many of our clients often don’t have anything better than jeans and T-shirts and that’s not acceptable dress for the courtroom,” Wesley says. “We want to be sure our clients’ cases aren’t adversely affected by what they’re wearing. It’s also important to show the court respect.”
The Public Defender's Office is in need of suits, ties, dress shirts, career dresses, casual slacks and short-sleeve shirts in a wide range of sizes for men, women and children. So, if you have any clothes that no longer fit (either your size or your style) and are in good shape, this would be a perfect opportunity to put them to good use.
Donations of clean clothing will be accepted in front of the Orange County Courthouse at 425 N. Orange Avenue from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6. If you're unable to donate at that time, you can call his office at 407-836-4806 to make alternative donation arrangements.