Broward Public Defender's Office
Purpose and Process
The public defender office exists to guarantee that the poor have the right to a fair trial. In Florida, the person charged with the crime will go through a "determination of indigency" hearing to determine their capability to pay for a lawyer. Once the judge decides that the person has insufficient funds, a public defender is appointed to represent that person.
- Tasks given to interns will depend on experience, skills and interests, and how many interns they have at the time.
- Interns are assigned to Felony, Misdemeanor, Juvenile, Drug Court, and Mental Health Court divisions of the Public Defender's Office.
- Interns gain experience by regulating client interviews, research and writing, assisting in investigations cases, attending depositions, contacting possible defense witnesses and observing courtroom strategies.