Who are we?
The Public Defender Service (PDS) is a criminal law supplier, funded by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) and has offices in:
We are a department of the Legal Aid Agency, an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Justice.
We also offer Prison Law please see our Prison Law page available here.
We offer a completely independent criminal defence service covering the full range of criminal work from the police station through to the Crown Court and higher Courts where necessary.
We provide advice, assistance and representation free of charge for those under arrest or attending voluntarily at a Police Station 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.