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:
- Appellate Program
- Parents Representation Program
- RCW 71.09 Civil Commitment
- Extraordinary Criminal Justice Costs
- Public Defense Improvement Program
OPD cannot provide direct representation of clients, pursuant to RCW 2.70.020.
Free Public Defense Regional CLEs
OPD will hold its annual free Regional CLEs for public defense and assigned counsel attorneys on the following dates: September 18 in Vancouver, October 2 in Spokane, October 16 in Yakima, November 13 in Tumwater, and November 20 in Everett. Registration is now open for the Vancouver, Spokane, and Yakima training. Registration for the other trainings will be posted soon. This year's topics include effectively arguing for reduced LFOs, and minimizing the collateral consequences of misdemeanor and felony convictions.
Updated Court Reporter Invoicing Procedures
Tools for Implementing the Supreme Court's Standards for Indigent Defense