The law requires the police to inform detainees of their right to legal representation. If the detainee does not have an attorney, the police are required to inform the Public Defense Office. The Public Defense Office will send an attorney to meet the detainee at the police station or detention facility and the detainee's eligibility for representation will be checked. If found eligible, the public defender will continue to represent the suspect in all procedures, including hearings on extension of remand (see Information for the Public >Information for Detainees).
No. The public defender's fees and all legal expenses are paid by the state treasury as dictated by law, and not by the client. A toll may be charged in certain cases by the Public Defense Office .
The majority of the public defenders are not employed by the government. They are private attorneys that were selected to serve as public defenders and are appointed to represent specific clients. In addition, all public defenders are obligated by law to work faithfully and devotedly in the best interests of their clients only. While representing clients, there are not subordinate to or dependent on the police or prosecution authorities in any way
When being tried by district courts for crimes punishable by over 10 years of incarceration (such as rape), representation is required. If you do not have private counsel, the court will appoint a public defender.
Attorneys can only be appointed on behalf of the Public Defense Office if they appear in the Public Defender Registry. This is a list of attorneys found suitable for the role based on their experience and expertise. In addition, a client cannot select a specific attorney (even if that attorney appears in the registry). The Public Defense Office will decide which attorney to appoint for each case based on various considerations such as the complexity of the case, the type of offense, the attorney's specific field of expertise, prior familiarity with the case (attorneys that have handled pervious cases with the same client), workload, etc.
The Public Defense Office operates out of six district offices throughout Israel (north, Haifa, Tel Aviv,Center, Jerusalem, south). We do not have a branch in Petah Tikva, and therefore you must contact the Center office. Offices can be found throughout Israel and public defenders represent clients in all courts.
The Public Defense Office represents defendants in criminal proceedings (and other specific proceedings defined by law). Based on your description, civil charges have been filed against you and the public defense is not authorized to represent you. You may consult with a private attorney or contact the Legal Aid Department to check your eligibility for assistance in civil affairs.
The judge's decision will be delivered immediately to the Public Defense Office, which will select an attorney to defend you. Once a public defender is appointed, written notification will be sent to your home address and the attorney will contact you and schedule a meeting in his office. If you have been detained, the attorney will visit you at the detention facility. You can track the process and receive further information at the relevant district office.
There is a designated department at the Public Defense Office that specializes in requests for retrials after sentencing. The National Public Defense has been granted special authority by law to investigate claims of this kind and file requests for retrials when applicable. Requests must be submitted in writing to the Retrial Department at the National Public Defense Unit, 4 Henrietta Szold St., Tel Aviv.
According to law, any person who is hospitalized in an institution for the mentally ill following a court order (i.e. as part of criminal proceedings) shall be eligible for representation by a public defender in hearings held by psychiatric committees and in appeals against committee decisions. For more information, please contact the public defense office nearest to the hospital.
As a minor standing trial in juvenile court, your daughter is eligible for representation by a public defender. It is very important that she be represented by an attorney that will ensure her rights and best interests, even if the case is "simple". The public defender that will be appointed will study the case in depth, present possible courses of action and explain the impacts of each one, and accompany you through all stages of the legal proceedings.