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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2017 Regional CLEs

Once again OPD is hosting a series of public defense regional CLEs. This year the topics will include felony sentencing and preserving issues for appeal, along with guided tours through DOC correctional facilities. The events will take place September 28 in Shelton, October 13 in Walla Walla, and October 17 in Monroe (tour) and Everett (training). More Information and Online Registration.


Juvenile Defense Training Academy

  • The July 21 & 22, 2017 Acadmy materials are available.
  • The April 29, 2017 Academy materials are available


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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