Public Defender Job Description

A public defender is a lawyer appointed by a court to defend a person accused of a crime.

The attorney's role is carried out by researching the case and preparing the defense.

Public defenders often work in private practice, and in some jurisdictions, work for the government.

In criminal cases, a public defender is a court-appointed lawyer.

In civil cases, a public defender, also called a legal aid attorney, is a lawyer that is appointed to represent a person unable to afford an attorney.

Updated on:     
October 7, 2022

Job Brief:

We're looking for a Public Defender to join our team. As a Public Defender, you will be responsible for representing indigent clients in criminal proceedings. You will work closely with clients to ensure that their constitutional rights are protected and that they receive a fair trial. If you are passionate about justice and committed to protecting the rights of the accused, then we want you on our team.

Public Defender Duties:

  • Providing legal advice to clients and presenting cases in court
  • Assisting law enforcement agencies with law enforcement activities
  • Advocating on behalf of clients, including developing strategies
  • Investigating facts, collecting evidence, and interviewing witnesses
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with clients, law enforcement, and courts
  • Performing other duties as assigned

Public Defender Responsibilities:

  • Work with clients and their families to respond to and resolve legal problems, including preparing court documents, making court appearances, and negotiating settlements
  • Obtain a complete understanding of client problems, including family dynamics, social, legal, and environmental factors
  • Visit clients in prison and jails, preparing and managing client files, as well as interviewing clients and witnesses
  • Work with attorneys and law enforcement personnel throughout the criminal justice process
  • Develop and maintain relationships with professionals, community leaders, and other stakeholders
  • Advise clients about social service agencies, legal processes, legal rights, and available assistance
  • Meet with judges, prosecutors, and other court personnel as needed
  • Attend and participate in community meetings
  • Lead and participate in committees and organizations that provide pro bono legal assistance
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

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Requirements And Skills:

  • 3+ years experience as a public defender
  • Demonstrated understanding of criminal justice system
  • Familiar with the New Jersey court system including all laws and regulations
  • Familiar with criminal procedure and law
  • Familiar with rules of evidence
  • Knowledge of applicable state and federal court

At [Company Name], we're proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We're committed to building a diverse and inclusive team, and we encourage applications from people of all races, religions, national origins, genders and ages. We're also proud to support veterans and individuals with disabilities.