TOP PHOTO: Eighth Judicial District Public Defender Leif Jeffers spoke at the South Campbell County Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday.
By Charlotte Underwood
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Eighth Judicial District Public Defender Leif Jeffers guest spoke at the South Campbell County Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday.
Jeffers has been the public defender since 2014. He spoke generally about what the public defender’s office does and how they get assigned to clients through the judicial system and how the process works.
The Eighth Judicial District is one of the largest in the state and consists of five counties. The office consists of Jeffers and eight other attorneys covering the case load for the whole district.
Jeffers said despite this, his office tries to cover all the courts and have representatives in each court system.
His main message was that the public defender’s office tries to “keep the justice system fair for all involved” and make sure cases are “rationally and factually based.”
“Our job is not to try to get someone off in a crime. It’s our job to make sure cases are legal and good and that there is actual evidence someone committed a crime and that cases get resolved,” Jeffers said. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/16/2022-6AM)