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The role of the defence

The defence lawyer (a solicitor or a barrister) presents submissions on behalf of the offender, including:

  • information about the offender’s personal circumstances, including their education, family and employment history
  • any explanations the offender has for committing the offence
  • the steps the offender has taken towards rehabilitation or addressing the causes of their offending behaviour, and
  • an appropriate penalty.

Like the prosecutor, the defence can provide information to support their submissions, or provide further details to support their case. These may include expert reports from a psychologist or psychiatrist, or character references for the offender.

Last reviewed
27 June 2012
Last updated
27 June 2012

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