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governmental official who represents indigent persons accused of crime. U.S. Supreme Court decisions expanding the right to counsel to pretrial proceedings and holding that a person cannot be sentenced to even one day in jail unless a lawyer was provided have created a need for more lawyers to represent the indigent. Proponents of the public defender office claim that it is the most efficient and effective method of protecting the indigent. Other systems include court-appointed counsel from the local bar, clinics operated by law schools, and legal aid societies. The societies are privately funded and offer civil and criminal representation.
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defendants with very serious cases assigned to the public defenders are
Justice program will strengthen our justice systems by helping to recruit and keep well qualified and high-functioning prosecutors and public defenders in civil service, where these systems and the communities they serve can benefit from their continued service," said Jim Burch, Acting Director for BJA.
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We are paving the way for a new system in that we are the first of the public defenders in England and Wales, but the US system has got its criticisms that it is under-funded and the lawyers are not always the best lawyers available.
5 million on prosecution and related legal costs in 1990, while public defenders spent only about $1.
Determining a satisfactory standard by which to evaluate malpractice claims against public defenders is critical to ensuring the legal system's effectiveness and integrity.
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