a lawyer who represents indigent defendants at public expense
The term public defender is primarily used to refer to a lawyer appointed to represent people who cannot afford to hire an attorney in the United States and Brazil. It is also a literal translation of the Spanish-language term abogado de oficio, which usually refers to an ombudsman office, and is the English-language title of the Jamaican ombudsman. Brazil is the only country where an office of government-paid lawyers, with the specific purpose of providing legal assistance and representation to the destitute, free of charge, is established in the Constitution, although the 1963 US Supreme Court case Gideon v. Wainwright ruled that the Sixth Amendment of the Bill of Rights requires the government to provide free legal counsel to indigent defendants in criminal cases.
The numerical value of public defender in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of public defender in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Ma’am, you were arrested for burglary with an assault or battery, strong armed robbery with an aggravated battery and child abuse. I will appoint the public defender’s office for you.
The Office of the State Public Defender is an agency of the judicial branch of Colorado state government [and] the judicial branch of Colorado state government is not subject to the Colorado Open Records Act.
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- publicae defensoremLatin
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