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.
Grant Funds Available
OPD is currently accepting applications for 2016 Public Defense Improvement Grant Funds pursuant to RCW 10.101.050. The deadline for city applications is August 3, 2015, and for county applications is August 24, 2015.
Tools for Implementing the Supreme Court's Standards for Indigent Defense
2014 Report on the Chapter 71.09 RCW Indigent Defense Representation Program
The 2014 Report on the Chapter 71.09 RCW Indigent Defense Representation Program, submitted pursuant to RCW 2.70.025 (6), provides updated data on program administration, and representation of sexually violent predators in civil commitment proceedings.