Public Defender

June 8, 2024

 A public defender in India is a legal professional appointed or designated by the state to provide legal representation and defense to individuals who cannot afford to hire a private attorney in criminal cases. Public defenders play a crucial role in safeguarding the constitutional rights of accused persons, ensuring access to justice, and promoting fairness in the criminal justice system. In India, the right to legal representation is recognized as a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution, and individuals facing criminal charges have the right to be represented by competent legal counsel. Public defenders are typically lawyers employed by government agencies such as Legal Services Authorities, State Legal Aid Boards, or Public Defender Offices, who provide legal services free of charge or at subsidized rates to indigent defendants. Public defenders represent clients at all stages of criminal proceedings, including arraignments, bail hearings, pre-trial motions, plea negotiations, trial proceedings, and sentencing hearings. They advocate on behalf of their clients, investigate cases, gather evidence, cross-examine witnesses, and present legal defenses to secure.

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