Public defence counsel
If you are suspected of a crime, you usually have the right to a public defence counsel. This is a lawyer appointed by the district court, whose task is to represent you throughout the criminal case proceedings, both during the preliminary investigation and during the trial. You can request a particular lawyer to be appointed as your public defence counsel. The state pays the cost of the public defence counsel. If you are acquitted, you do not have to pay anything to the state. If you are found guilty of the crime, you will, depending on your income, usually have to pay the whole or part of the state’s costs.
Injured party counsel
If you are the victim of a crime and are an injured party in a criminal case, you may have the right to an injured party counsel. The injured party counsel may, for example, be a lawyer or an assistant counsel at a law firm. The injured party counsel shall help and support the injured party throughout the criminal case proceedings both during the preliminary investigation and during the trial. The injured party counsel can also conduct the damages action for the injured party.
The injured party counsel is appointed by the court, usually after application by the police or prosecutor. The injured party counsel is paid by the state and does not cost you anything as an injured party. If the accused is found guilty of the crime, he or she may have to reimburse the state of the cost of the injured party counsel. You have the opportunity as injured party of choosing who you wish to be your injured party counsel.