Public Defense (Israel)

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The Public Defense (Hebrew: הסניגוריה הציבורית) is a department of the Ministry of Justice of Israel that provides legal representation to criminal suspects and defendants without means to hire an attorney. It also provides representation to those involuntarily committed to mental institutions. It was founded in 1996 in accordance with the Public Defense Act of 1995. Legal representation by the Public Defender's Office is provided free of charge, and the attorneys' fees are paid directly to them from the state budget, according to a fixed rate determined by law. It employs 100 full-time lawyers and outsources to another 900 lawyers.

Founder of Israel's Public Defense and its first Chief Public Defender, Prof. Kenneth Mann

List of Chief Public Defenders

# Name Image Term of office
1 Kenneth Mann   1996–2002
2 Inbal Rubinstein   2003–2012
3 Yoav Sapir   2012–2021
Acting Hagit Larnau   May–September 2021
4 Anat Meyased-Canaan 2021–Incumbent