In Australia it has been customary to force a person who cannot afford legal representation to trial undefended, even in cases of serious crime. In Dietrich v The Queen (’Dietrich') the Full Bench of the High Court of Australia, in a majority decision, signalled that this practice should cease.
Fairall, Paul Ames
"Trial Without Counsel: Dietrich v the Queen,"
Bond Law Review:
2, Article 8.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/blr/vol4/iss2/8