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.
What Is The Difference Between Attorney And Lawyer?Lawyer is a general term for a person who gives legal device and aid and who conducts suits in court. What’s the difference between lawyer and attorney? An attorney or, more correctly, an attorney-at-law, is a member of the legal profession who represents a client in court when pleading or defending a case. In the US, attorney applies to any lawyer. The word attorney comes from French meaning ‘one appointed or constituted’ and the word’s …
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Origin of public defender
First recorded in 1915–20
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British Dictionary definitions for public defender
(in the US) a lawyer engaged at public expense to represent indigent defendants
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Culture definitions for public defender
An attorney who is appointed and paid by a court to defend poor persons who cannot afford a lawyer.
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