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.
Juvenile Defense Strategic Plan
OPD received grant funds from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to develop a strategic plan to improve juvenile defense services. The resulting report, Plan to Reform Public Defense Representation in Juvenile Offender Cases: Steps to Eliminate Justice by Geography , is based on the input of public defense attorneys statewide and other key juvenile justice system stakeholders.
Federal Region 10 Parent Representation Leadership Forum
"Every Parent Deserves a Champion"- conference materials are available.
Recorded Webinar: A Developmental Framework for Juvenile Cases
Presented by Dr. Marty Beyer. This one-hour session addresses the impact of immaturity, disabilities, and trauma on a young person before, during and after the offense. The class also focuses on designing developmentally-sound rehabilitation services for each adolescent. Click here to view.
Resources: Consequences of Juvenile Adjudications
Juvenile court involvement can impact youths’ opportunities in areas such as housing, education, employment, and healthcare. With grant funds received from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, OPD developed a series of web videos to help youth, their families, and people working in the juvenile justice system better understand and address these collateral consequences. Each video is approximately twenty minutes in length, and contains a variety of helpful web links and downloadable resources.
OPD County Clerk Payment Policy
OPD has promulgated a new policy clarifying payment policies for superior court clerk's fees.
Tools for Implementing the Supreme Court's Standards for Indigent Defense