Defender Association of Philadelphia

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The Defender Association of Philadelphia gives the following descriptive information:

The Defender Association of Philadelphia represents approximately seventy percent of all persons arrested in Philadelphia. The Association, however, has no power to appoint itself as legal counsel. The Court of Common Pleas and the Municipal Court of Philadelphia determine standards of indigence and make all counsel appointments for the Association.

Clients are represented by fulltime Assistant Defenders who are members of the Pennsylvania Bar and who are not permitted to maintain a private practice or to participate in partisan political activity.

Assistant Defenders rotate their assignments through the various units or divisions within the office. The trial units or divisions generally correspond to the Philadelphia Criminal Justice System's own organization.

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