You should understand the legal ethics and responsibilities of the defense counsels who represent criminal clients. You should understand the attorney client privilege and confidentiality associated with that relationship. The defense has an obligation to defend his client to the best of his ability. The rules of discovery are critical to the defense since the defense attorney can argue that certain evidence must be suppressed due to legal or procedural issues.
For your critical thinking essay please give your opinion of the public defenders office, and do you believe they vigorously defend their clients to ensure they get good , competent representation and due process. What would you recommend to improve the quality of the Criminal Justice system, especially for the underprivileged and working poor ?