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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12) If a public defender "believes that her workload is such that she is unable to meet the basic ethical obligations required of her in the representation of a client [and] .
Eleventh Circuit Public Defender Carlos Martinez introduced Daniels and noted she first assumed office in 1990 and became the first elected woman public defender in Florida.
Any other commonwealth jurisdiction which has a public defender service ensures this covers the country comprehensively.
Similarly, the clerks are charged with collecting public defender fees, not public defenders.
2)--Kevin O'Brien, on leaving the Missouri State Public Defender System after ten years.
Findings showed that in 2007, 964 public defender offices across the nation received nearly 6 million indigent defense cases.
In light of all this, and since he was never told that Belli and Avilez's family were on the way, Gerald Kenny, the public defender, assumed Avilez to be his client.
Davis finds an eloquent explanation of that position in the autobiography of Gerald Getty, the longtime Chicago public defender who represented serial killer Richard Speck in 1967.
Lobbyists for the state's public defenders and the Oregon State Bar hope to win an additional $29 million in public defender funding from a state budget that's enjoying rising revenues for the first time in years.
Steiner, 39, has practiced law at the public defender agency for seven years.