Public Defenders

Solicitor Requests for Public Defenders

Public Defenders only appear for people charged with serious criminal offences AND who have been granted legal assistance by Legal Aid NSW, the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT), or a community legal centre.

Solicitors acting for a client under a grant of legal aid may be required to seek the services of Public Defenders for serious criminal cases.


How to make a request for a Public Defender

We are changing the way we manage your requests for a Public Defender.


New online request form

We have created an online request form which, when completed by you, will be sent directly to the Clerk to Chambers to ensure all the information we need from you is available and arrives at the one location.

Access to the form is via a user log-in and password which we are rolling out to all legal aid criminal law panel practitioners over the next 4 weeks. You will receive an email from Public Defenders soon with your log-in details.

The online form is available from 1 September 2016 onwards and can be accessed at this link as soon as you have your log-in details (Online Request for a Public Defender)

Here is some information you should read to assist you with your first online request to help make the process easier to complete:  Completing the form online [PDF, 394kb]


What do I do if I don't have my log-in details yet?

During the transition period you can still continue to use the PDF form (Request for Public Defender form [PDF, 442kb]).   Please note that to send the PDF form via email you must first print the form by selecting File>Print> Adobe PDF (instead of choosing your printer) then you will need to save it, and only after this should you attach it to an email. Please send your email to


All requests for a Public Defender should be made at the earliest opportunity as required under the grant of legal aid. 

If you need to discuss any aspects of your request, please contact the Clerk to Chambers by phone on (02) 9268 3111.