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public defender

noun
1.
a lawyer appointed or elected by a city or county as a full-time, official defender to represent indigents in criminal cases at public expense.
Compare assigned counsel.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20
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public defender

noun
1.
(in the US) a lawyer engaged at public expense to represent indigent defendants
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public defender definition


An attorney who is appointed and paid by a court to defend poor persons who cannot afford a lawyer.

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Encyclopedia Article for public de-fender

public defender

attorney permanently employed by a government to represent indigent persons accused of crimes. Public defenders, used primarily in the United States, are to be distinguished from assigned counsel (q.v.), who are private lawyers appointed by the courts to handle particular cases. See also legal aid.

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