public defender


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public defender

n.
An attorney or office of attorneys employed by the government to represent indigent defendants in criminal cases.

public defender

n
(Law) (in the US) a lawyer engaged at public expense to represent indigent defendants

pub′lic defend′er


n.
a full-time lawyer appointed to represent indigents in criminal cases at public expense.
[1915–20]

public defender

An attorney who is appointed by the government to defend clients who cannot afford to pay for legal representation.
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Noun1.public defender - a lawyer who represents indigent defendants at public expensepublic defender - a lawyer who represents indigent defendants at public expense
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
attorney, lawyer - a professional person authorized to practice law; conducts lawsuits or gives legal advice
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Any other commonwealth jurisdiction which has a public defender service ensures this covers the country comprehensively.
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