The mission of the Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) is "to implement the constitutional and statutory guarantees of counsel and to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of indigent defense services funded by the state... ."  RCW 2.70.005.  Established by the Legislature in 1996, OPD is an independent agency of the judicial branch.

OPD administers indigent defense services in the following areas:

OPD cannot provide direct representation of clients, pursuant to RCW 2.70.020.The previous hyperlink exits the OPD website.

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Federal Region 10 Parent Representation Leadership Forum

"Every Parent Deserves a Champion"- conference materials are available.

Free Webinar: A Developmental Framework for Juvenile Cases

Friday, February 17, 2:00 – 3:00, presented by Dr. Marty Beyer. This session will address the impact of immaturity, disabilities, and trauma on a young person before, during and after the offense. The session pdficon grsmall will also focus on designing developmentally-sound rehabilitation services for each adolescent. Anyone working with youth in the juvenile justice system is welcome to attend.  Click Here to Register.exitingwebsite


Resources: Consequences of Juvenile Adjudications

Juvenile court involvement can impact youths’ opportunities in areas such as housing, education, employment, and healthcare. With grant funds received from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, OPD developed a series of web videos to help youth, their families, and people working in the juvenile justice system better understand and address these collateral consequences. Each video is approximately twenty minutes in length, and contains a variety of helpful web links and downloadable resources.

OPD County Clerk Payment Policy

OPD has promulgated a new policy clarifying payment policies for superior court clerk's fees.


Tools for Implementing the Supreme Court's Standards for Indigent Defense

To assist in implementation of the Supreme Court Standards for Indigent Defense, OPD has developed a series of short web tutorials, an FAQ, sample caseload calculators, and a customizable Model Misdemeanor Case Weighting Policy .   Additional questions or requests for technical assistance can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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