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.
Request for Proposal- RFP17001
Issued: August 10, 2016
Ends: August 23, 2016
The purpose of this RFP is to solicit a qualified vendor to conduct a survey and develop a report. The selected vendor will survey approximately 50 full-time OPD contractors to ascertain the business costs paid by the contractors. The categories of costs to be surveyed include rent and staff, various taxes, health insurance and retirement contributions, among other expenses. The survey may be conducted electronically. The selected vendor will calibrate the data collected and provide OPD with a report suitable for external use.
Juvenile Practice Training: Adolescent Development and Trauma
Working with juvenile offender cases requires a specialized understanding of the influences that impact adolescents' behavior and their potential for rehabilitation. With the generous help of grant funds from OJJDP, OPD is offering a free training for teams who work with juveniles in offender cases to develop a shared understanding, vocabulary, and approach for integrating scientific findings on adolescent brain development and trauma into local policy and practice. More information and online registration.
Chapter 10.101 RCW City and County Public Defense Improvement Funds
The City and County 2016 Application for Public Defense Improvement Funding in calendar year 2017 are now available.
2015 Status Report on Local Criminal Public Defense Issues
The 2015 Status Report on Public Defense in Washington State discusses recent trends in criminal public defense services, highlights annual accomplishments of OPD's Defense Improvement Program, and lists counties' and cities' statistics relating to public defense services..
Tools for Implementing the Supreme Court's Standards for Indigent Defense