Definition of public defender in English:

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public defender

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noun

Law
A lawyer employed at public expense in a criminal trial to represent a defendant who is unable to afford legal assistance.
Example sentences
  • And most are defended not by private attorneys but by public defenders or appointed lawyers.
  • A parole petition had to be agreed upon by the public defender, district attorney's office, and the presiding judge.
  • Texas has no public defenders at all; defendants must rely on court-appointed lawyers who are given few resources with which to mount a defense.

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Syllabification: pub·lic de·fend·er

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