Broward Public Defender's Office


"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

"And each shall stand Equal"


The case of Gideon v. Wainwright in 1963 led to the creation of the Florida Public Defender System. Before 1963, there was not a constitutional right to an attorney for those who could not afford one.

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.

Intern Tasks

  • 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.

Why Intern?

  • Gain experience in different areas of the law
  • Participate in real cases and client interviews
  • Decide what area of the law I want to study

"Employment." Law Office of the Public Defender. Broward Public Defender's Office, 2012. Web. 29 Nov. 2016.

"FAU Alert Message." FAU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice :: Internship Program Overview. Florida Atlantic University, 17 Nov. 2014. Web. 29 Nov. 2016.

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