Public defender

An attorney appointed by the state to represent a defendant in criminal proceedings, and sometimes to act as counsel in civil proceedings. The law requires that a defendant charged with one or more selected serious criminal offences has a defence counsel – an attorney. Unless the defendant has his or her own attorney, the court shall appoint one for him/her. An attorney is appointed for a party to civil proceedings if the court believes that such appointment is necessary in order to make sure that the party may sufficiently protect his or her rights. More information >>