The Head of the Public Defender’s Office is appointed by the Board of the Chamber of Advocates, as presented by the Chairman of the Chamber of Advocates from the members with at least ten years of advocacy experience, for four years time period.
The Office is led by RA Chamber of Advocates member, Advocate Melanya Arustamyan (license N 7).
Melanya Arustamyan was elected as the Head of the Public Defender’s Office in 2015 and reelected in 2019. Melanya Arustamyan is an advocate since 1996.
In 2000-2001 Melanya Arustamyan was a member of Armenian Advocates’ Union Collegium, in 2001-2005 member of Advocates’ International Union Collegium. Since the founding of the RA Chamber of Advocates (2005) till now she is a member of the Board of the Chamber of Advocates (six times in a row elected as a Board member).
In 2013-2015 she was the Deputy Chairman of the RA Chamber of Advocates.
For the long-term advocacy activity and the great investment in the establishment of RA advocates’ institute Melanya Arustamyan was granted on 27 December, 2014 a title of RA Chamber of Advocates Honorable Member.
In 2014 she was granted the RA Prime Minister’s Medal for long and devoted work, as well as for the significant investment during the work activity.
In 2015 she was granted a Paris Chamber of Advocates Medal.
In 2006-2011 she was a member of the Committee carrying out the quality testing of notary candidates.
She teaches in Gladzor University.
Officio head of the Public Defender's Office:
1) represents the Public Defender's Office;
2) Organize the provision of equally accessible and effective legal assistance in cases provided by law;
3) divide the work among public defenders;
4) make decisions to ensure the normal functioning of the Public Defender's Office;
5) make a decision on granting a decision or application for public protection and referring the case to the Public Defender or refusing an application for public protection;
6) oversees the quality and terms of legal assistance provided by public defenders;
7) submits a petition of disciplinary proceedings against a public defender.
8) can apply to state or local self-government bodies or businesses to check the insolvency of insolvent persons, as well as information needed to provide free legal assistance.