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Year: 1999

Classification: Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG

Runtime: 55 min

Produced In: Australia

Directed By: Helen Gaynor

Produced By: Tony Wright

Language: English

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A film that explores the Victorian criminal justice system via the experiences of three criminal defence lawyers. Their journey takes us from interview room to supreme court, and into their own lives as they strive to maintain the principles of the right to defence and the presumption of innocence in an increasingly pressurised legal system.

John Smallwood does murder. Liz Gaynor does sex offences. Leanne Warren does both. And they all work FOR THE DEFENCE.

Through unprecedented access to their lives, FOR THE DEFENCE observes their criminal defence work, with case loads covers everything from unpaid parking fines to murder and rape.

Witnessing them at work and home as they deal with clients and their charges, this documentary provides an intimate portrait of these key players in the criminal justice system and others who participate in it willingly or otherwise.

For further information about Leanne Warren, see