Public Defenders

​Welcome to the Public Defenders website

Public Defenders are salaried barristers independent of the government who appear in serious criminal matters for clients who have been granted legal aid. Learn more about Public Defenders.

We do not provide general legal advice to the public.  If you need legal help, contact LawAccess NSW on 1300 888 529 

Public Defenders are proud to be a 2014/2015 Signatory to the TJMF Psychological Wellbeing: Best Practice Guidelines for the Legal Profession

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Save the date in your diaries for the 2016 Public Defenders Criminal Law Conference 

The Conference will be held on

Saturday 13 February 2016  
Sunday 14 February 2016  

At the Harbourview Ballroom & Terrace at Taronga Zoo, Mosman

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Speakers and program yet to be finalised.
The conference provides 10 CPD/CLE points in all required strands.  The cost is $400 early bird and $450 standard.

Register online

All enquiries to:  
Kim Andrew, Administrative Support Officer
(02) 9268 3196 or by email,
Ruth Heazlewood, Chambers Manager
(02) 9268 3111 or by email,

The Public Defenders | Department of Justice
Level 23, 1 Oxford Street, DARLINGHURST NSW 2010
Phone: 02 9268 3111 | Fax: 02 9268 3168 |