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Washington State Poverty Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publishes an annual update of the federal poverty guidelines. The State of Washington poverty guidelines is referenced as 125% or less of the current federally established poverty level, per Chapter 10.101.010 RCW.

This link opens a pdf document.  2017 Federal Poverty Guidelines

Court Indigency Screening

OPD, pursuant to RCW 10.101.020 (6), has developed a sample Indigency Screening Form for use by the local trial courts or courts' designee in the determination of indigency.  The sample form below has been updated to reflect recent changes in the law.

This link opens a pdf document.  Trial Level- Sample Indigency Screening Form (2015)

docicon blsmall  Trial Level- Sample Indigency Screening Form (2015)

Cost to Retain Private Counsel (2015)

In reviewing whether a person is indigent and eligible for public defense services, courts and indigency screeners are to consider, among other things, the usual and customary charges of an attorney in the community for rendering services; RCW 10.101.020 (2).  Based on a 2015 survey of private criminal defense attorneys, OPD provides statewide average private fee information as a tool for courts/screeners who may not have collected private fee information specific to their community.

pdficon grsmall  Misdemeanor Private Representation Fees

pdficon grsmall  Felony Private Representation Fees

Criteria and Standards for Determining and Verifying Indigency

The enabling statute for the Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) requires the agency to periodically report to the Legislature on the criteria and process for determining whether a person is indigent and eligible for a public defense attorney.

pdficon grsmall  2014 Report

This link opens a pdf document.  2007 Update

This link opens a pdf document.  2001 Report

Statutes and Court Rules related to Indigency Screening

 

 

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