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Do public defenders get paid by the state prosecutors?

Jacksonville, FL |

Is it true that public defenders really get paid by the prosecuting side? I heard they get a greater amount if there is a victory for the prosecutor???

Attorney Answers 3

  1. Not at all, the State Attorneys Office and Public Defenders Office are separate entities funded by the State with our tax dollars and Court filing fees.

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  2. No. The Public Defender's Office does not get paid by the State Attorney's Office. The State of Florida (tax-payers) fund both the State Attorney's Office and the Public Defender's Office, but that is where the relationship ends.

  3. PDs are NOT paid by the prosecuting side.
    PDs do not get a different amount for either a win or a lose but are paid a salary regardless of outcome or record.

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