Assigned Counsel vs. Public Defenders


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A court-appointed attorney who is a private attorney and gets paid by the government to represent a defendant who can't afford one is called:

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1. An attorney who is a salaried public employee appointed by the court to represent a criminal defendant who can't afford one is called a:

2. The landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that guaranteed every indigent criminal defendant facing jail the right to counsel paid for the by the government is:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Complete the quiz and worksheet to see what you know about assigned counsel vs. public defenders. Different amendments and cases related to attorneys and representation are highlighted on the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll get to assess your knowledge of the following topics:

  • Case that guaranteed that indigent criminal defendants facing jail had the right to counsel paid for by the government
  • Name for a court-appointed attorney paid by the government
  • Potential outcome if a defendant with a court-appointed attorney pleads guilty or loses the trial

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about the amendment that gives you the right to an attorney in court
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as public defenders and assigned council
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about different types of attorneys

Additional Learning

You can learn more thanks to the lesson called Assigned Counsel vs. Public Defenders. Some objectives you can complete include:

  • Determine how poor defendants get attorneys
  • See how assigned counsel districts work
  • What 'mixed states' means in this context