Public defender and ASSISTANT public defender?

Asked almost 3 years ago - Adelanto, CA

Is the assistant public defender able to defend a client on their own?

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  1. Christine C McCall

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    Answered . Yes. In most counties in California, there is an appointed Public Defender. That attorney heads up the Office of the Public Defender and hires a staff of individual Assistant or Deputy Public Defenders who handle the cases. All of the assistants and deputies are licensed attorneys who are fully authorized to appear in court and to represent clients.

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  2. Shamoon Aziz Budhwani

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    Answered . Yes they are licensed attorneys in good standing.

  3. Marcie Lynn Gardner

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    Answered . While they are certainly able to, it is very unusual for the Assistant to make court appearances for clients. The job entails mostly administrative duties.

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