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.​

​Latest News

Annual Public Defenders Criminal Law Conference 2020

Registrations are now open for the Public Defenders Criminal Law Conference which will be held on 14 and 15 March 2020 at the Aerial UTS Function Centre, Ultimo.  Register Now.


First female Senior Public Defender for NSW

Attorney General Mark Speakman has announced the appointment of Belinda Rigg SC as Senior Public Defender for New South Wales. Read more.


​If you experience difficulty reading any of the documents on this website and you require 
an accessible version, please email accessibility@justice.nsw.gov.au