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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Extraordinary Criminal Justice Costs Act

State reimbursement of aggravated murder case costs is potentially available to counties, pursuant to RCW 43.330.190exitingwebsite.  Counties wishing to request reimbursement must send completed Extraordinary Criminal Justice Costs petitions to the Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) by December 8, 2017.  More information regarding the 2017 petition process.


Juvenile Defense Training Academy

The next Juvenile Defense Training Academy event is on November 17th in Snoqualmie.  The topics include updates on recent changes in Juvenile Law, the Effects of Trauma on Youth, Miranda Warnings, Challenging Probable Cause and Detention at Initial Appearance, along with a guided tour of Echo Glen.  More Information and Online Registration.exitingwebsite


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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