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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Public Defenders Practical Advocacy Course for “Under 5’s practising in Criminal Law"

The Public Defenders are seeking expressions of interest from NSW barristers of five years and under to participate in a practical advocacy training course for criminal lawyers. The course consists of six evening sessions of approximately 1½ hrs, commencing in April and concluding in September 2015. There will be one - two sessions per month depending on the number of expressions of interest received. The cost of the course is $240 ($40 per session) with payment required prior to commencement. If you are interested please complete the registration form, and submit to Numbers are strictly limited and as a result places cannot be guaranteed.

Registration Form

2015 Proposed Program*

1 & 8 July Michael King: Tendency notices & Evidence – practical matters

5 &12 August Chrissa Loukas SC: Severity Appeals to the CCA

2 & 9 September Judge Flannery SC: Sentence and Legal Argument – practical advocacy

*subject to change depending on number of applicants.

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