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Public Defender Service


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A component part of the Criminal Defence Service, with offices in Birmingham, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Swansea, Cheltenham, Chester, Darlington, and Pontypridd. Its stated objectives are to provide legal advice and representation to individuals under investigation or charged with criminal offences; facilitate the fair, efficient, and effective operation of the Criminal Justice System (CJS) and influence positive improvements in it; and to help individuals address the causes of their offending behaviour and reduce that offending through effective links with other CJS initiatives and the Community Legal Service. See also legal aid.

Subjects: Law.


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