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public defender

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

n
(Law) (in the US) a lawyer engaged at public expense to represent indigent defendants
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pub′lic defend′er


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

An attorney who is appointed by the government to defend clients who cannot afford to pay for legal representation.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Most of those entities won dismissals, so the only remaining defendants now belong to the Public Defender System.
Gannett has been a federal public defender in Baltimore for 20 years, where she represents clients on all criminal justice system levels from state misdemeanors to capital cases in local courts up to the Supreme Court.
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611.21, which allows a judge to authorize spending for investigative, expert, or other services, said Minnesota State Public Defender William Ward.
The Office, led by Public Defender Tim Donaher, had 27,278 new clients last year, according to the 2018 annual report.
Outside teaching, LaVigne is a member of the National Criminal Defense College and the Wisconsin Public Defender Trial Skills Academy and has regularly taken part in the Ask a Lawyer prison program, started by a university alumnus.
Under the draft legislation presented by the task force, a nine-member Public Defender Oversight Council would be created.
Meanwhile, the public defender's office -- which handles everything from probation violations to serious felonies and has strict caseload limits -- has been receiving fewer assignments from those same courts.
Simba is assigned to the Lake County public defender's guardian ad litem office and has the job of bringing comfort to children at the Depke Juvenile Justice Complex near Vernon Hills.
However, the trial court decided to take testimony from the chief public defender and the attorney's supervisor, asking both under oath if they had discussed the case with Wright's attorney.