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.
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 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.
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