in·di·gent /'in-də-jənt/ adj: suffering from indigence
the indigent defendant was provided with counsel
indigent n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

index bankrupt, destitute, impecunious, penurious, poor (underprivileged)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Poor; poverty-stricken; destitute.
A poor or needy person.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

Impoverished, or unable to afford the necessities of life. A defendant who is indigent has a constitutional right to court-appointed representation, according to a 1963 Supreme Court decision, </>Gideon v. Wainright.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

Needy or impoverished. A defendant who can demonstrate his or her indigence to the court may be assigned a court-appointed attorney at public expense.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) n. a person so poor and needy that he/she cannot provide the necessities of life (food, clothing, decent shelter) for himself/herself.
   2) n. one without sufficient income to afford a lawyer for defense in a criminal case. If the court finds a person is an indigent, the court must appoint a public defender or other attorney to represent him/her. This constitutional right of counsel for the indigent was determined by Gideon v. Wainright in 1963, when a penciled letter from a prisoner came to the attention of prominent Washington attorney Abe Fortas, who carried the case to the Supreme Court for free. Fortas later became an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
   3) adj. referring to a person who is very poor and needy.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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