Conflict Defender Law and Legal Definition

Private attorneys may represent indigent clients in felony matters in local criminal courts where the concerned county public defender's office has a conflict of interest and cannot represent a client. Sometimes these attorneys are appointed by the concerned conflict defender offices in a county. For example in New York's Monroe County there is the Office of the Conflict Defender and Assigned Counsel Plan that has a panel of attorneys who may represent such litigants. Legal representation and a fair trial is ensured for these clients by the conflict defender's office. The assigned counsels may be private attorneys with panel membership. A court may order the appointment of a conflict defender for a litigant.