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.

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

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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, November 13 in Tumwater, November 20 in Everett, and January 15 in Yakima.  Online registration is now open for all sessions.  This year's topics include providing effective assistance of counsel under the Blazina case, and minimizing the collateral consequences of misdemeanor and felony convictions..

2015 Extraordinary Criminal Justice Act Petitions Now Available

Petitions for reimbursement of extraordinary aggravated murder costs pursuant to RCW 43.33.190 are now available. Counties may submit a petition requesting reimbursement for the costs of prosecution, public defense, and other expenses incurred in handling aggravated murder cases in calendar year 2015. Petitions are due December 11, 2015, with supplemental information due January 8, 2016. 

Updated Court Reporter Invoicing Procedures

Starting September 1, court reporters and transcriptionists will no longer file transcripts with the superior court. Instead, they will file directly with the Court of Appeals. Transcripts will be considered filed on the day they are e-filed with the Court of Appeals; hard copies must be forwarded within 15 days. Transcripts can also be filed with the Court of Appeals in hard copy instead of e-filed, but must be accompanied by CDs containing searchable .pdfs of the transcripts. CDs are not required when e-filing. See the instructions included with the pdficon grsmall  new invoice for more information. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

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

To assist in implementation of the Supreme Court’s 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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