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