Public Defenders


Welcome to the P​ublic 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

If you experience difficulty reading any of the documents on this website and you require an accessible version, please email

2017 Criminal Law ​​​Conference​​ ​

The Public Defenders annual criminal law conference is being held​ on 18 & 19 March 2017 at The Taronga Centre, Harbourview Ballroom & Terrace, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman.

Program & on​line Registration​