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public defender,

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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One reason case refusal may not occur is that many public defender offices lack independence, meaning that a refusal to accept cases could result in the termination or discipline of the lawyers involved.
Caption: NANCY DANIELS, Second Circuit Public Defender, left, receives the Criminal Law Section 2016 Selig Goldin Memorial Award from 11th Circuit Public Defender Carlos Martinez and section Chair Judge Angelica D.
Public Defender, 13th Judicial Circuit President, Florida Public Defender Association
would be to count anyone who was represented by the public defender at
At the circuit court level, in Pratte, the public defender sought a writ of prohibition to prevent Judge Pratte from appointing the public defender to represent an indigent defendant in contravention of the Commission's regulations.
The earliest public defender proposals, originated by California's pioneering woman lawyer Clara Shortridge Foltz, contemplated a skillful trial attorney who would provide the indigent accused with the same zealous representation that wealthy defendants could buy.
All this makes Placek a fascinating character but a poor starting point for discussing the adequacy of the public defender system.
Like the prosecutors they face in court, public defenders aren't in the legal profession to get rich.
Urging the government to abandon its proposed changes to the system, Vern Krishna, Treasurer of the Law Society, cautioned that public defender systems in other jurisdictions, including the U.
He said: 'It is ill-conceived, it is poor for the quality of justice and I do not think clients will trust the idea of a public defender.
Fincke is a board member of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and former staff lawyer for the public defender.
They had been seen by one assistant public defender at the preliminary hearing, another who filed the application for bail reduction, and still another who tried the case.