Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. Mehrgan's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Iran

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 1,742
    #1

    'Public Defender' used in UK too?

    Hi,

    Is the title 'Public Defender' used in British English as well? This is the lawyer representing people who can't afford to hire a lawyer with their legal cases.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,903
    #2

    Re: 'Public Defender' used in UK too?

    If you can't afford a lawyer, we have Legal Aid.

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,883
    #3

    Re: 'Public Defender' used in UK too?

    As Tdol said, we have Legal Aid here (although not everyone can avail themselves of it). Their representatives are "Legal Aid lawyers/solicitors". I think that it a "court-appointed solicitor/lawyer" is used if the accused/defendant does not qualify for Legal Aid but also doesn't appoint their own representative.

    I believe that the American Miranda warning includes something about "If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be appointed to you" but we don't have that. When someone is arrested in the UK, they are simply told "I am arresting you for/on suspicion of [name of crime]. You do not have to say anything but it may harm your defence if you do not say, when questioned, something that you later rely on in court. Do you understand?"

    This is a useful and interesting website (especially if you ever get arrested in the UK!)
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 01-Dec-2013 at 17:53.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

Similar Threads

  1. [Vocabulary] public agenda, public issue, public topic, are these the same?
    By azhu in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 05-Feb-2012, 13:48
  2. these are not a public use.
    By flytothesky in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 09-Feb-2009, 14:13
  3. Public Relation or Public Relations
    By new2grammar in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-Aug-2008, 12:26
  4. general public or public
    By KLPNO in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 30-Jan-2008, 22:07
  5. public transportation or public transport?
    By bosun in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-Nov-2006, 13:23

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •