Public Defence Service


The Public Defence Service (PDS) is an independent criminal law practice providing excellent service to our clients for a just New Zealand.

We provide advice and representation to defendants who have legal aid in criminal cases. We also oversee the duty lawyer services in the courts where we operate.

  • How we can help you »

    The Public Defence Service employs experienced criminal defence lawyers who will act with integrity, skill, and respect for the client.

  • Contact us  »

    All Public Defence Services offices are open between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours you can leave a message and someone will contact you as soon as they can.

  • About us »

    We're the largest criminal law practice in New Zealand with over 150 criminal defence lawyers in 10 offices across New Zealand.

  • Legal aid »

    Legal Aid Services give legal aid funding for people who cannot afford to pay for their own lawyer and who are eligible for legal aid.

  • Careers »

    The Public Defence Service is a unit that operates independently within the Ministry of Justice. PDS provides high-quality criminal legal aid services to people who could not otherwise access them.