Defence Attorney Job Profile and Description

A defence attorney is appointed to defend the person accused of crime. Basically, a defence attorney is known as defence consul, who is hired directly by the people or an accused. The functioning of defence attorney is to represent the accused in court throughout legal process and his aim is to defend the accused from punishment by arguing and submitting evidences in the court.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • He has to pay attention on the crime and offence committed by the accused by interviewing him.
  • A defence attorney needs to prepare notes, review previous records of accused and store evidences to strengthen the case in his favour.
  • He has to meet the witness and record his statement to present in the court before the hearing.
  • He has to take care of rotational hearings and take suitable dates and time for the next hearing.
  • He has to prepare logical statements by using defined law terms and defence law suits to defend the accused.
  • A defence attorney has to contact the police to check the FIR and review witness statements follow-ups.
  • He has to communicate with law clerk and consult the case with other attorneys.

Skills and Specifications

  • He should be able to understand the offence, method of offence and weapons, if any, used by the offender.
  • He must have vast knowledge of codes of conduct and law suits for punishment.
  • A defence attorney should have seen the criminal profiling thoroughly, to understand the causes and should be able to correlate them with self defence codes.
  • He must be able to intake the duties from jury and court.
  • He should have good communication skills.

Education and Qualification

To work as a defence attorney, one must have Bachelors degree in law stream from a certified law school and college along with minimum five years of working experience as an experienced barrister. Master’s degree in law or with specialization in criminal branch will also be required.