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Public Defender Service

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Public Defender Service and the role it will play in the criminal justice system. (157414)

The Government commissioned an independent team of leading academics to undertake a full assessment of the Public Defender Service (PDS) pilot. The report concluded that the PDS has established a reputation amongst clients and other criminal justice professionals for the robust and independent defence of its clients. The final report entitled “Evaluation of the Public Defender Service in England and Wales” was published on 8 January 2007 and can be found on the Legal Services Commission’s website and in the Libraries of the House.