Public Defenders

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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.

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One-day seminar on "Practical Advocacy" -  Newcastle region 

Public Defenders are holding a one day seminar on "Practical Advocacy" for criminal law practitioners in the Newcastle region on Saturday 26th September 2015.

The seminar will focus on providing participants with the essential skills needed for effective advocacy and includes a perspective from the Bench provided by His Honour, Judge Ellis of the NSW District Court.

Numbers are limited so please register early. The course will provide 6 CPD points. 


Registration Form

All enquiries to Ruth Heazlewood - Chambers Manager, Public Defenders
Phone (02) 9268 3111