Q: Does a public defender waive court appearance. A friend is in jail, and the past two court dates the public defender waives his appearance. Why ?
A: If you are stating the PD waived a case to a further court, that is not that unusual of a practice. Many times an attorney or PD will advise a client to waive a case from a preliminary hearing, which means he did not choose to contest the matter at that particular hearing. Sometimes it is done because the lawyer or PD did it in exchange for some of the charges to be dropped, sometimes it is done in exchange for a lower bond, sometimes it is done because there is no defense and to litigate a preliminary hearing is a useless effort. You need to ask the PD.