Definition of public defender in English:

public defender

Line breaks: pub¦lic de|fend¦er


US Law
  • A lawyer employed by the state in a criminal trial to represent a defendant who is unable to afford legal assistance.
    More 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.

More definitions of public defender

Definition of public defender in: