Welcome

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:

OPD cannot provide direct representation of clients, pursuant to RCW 2.70.020.The previous hyperlink exits the OPD website.


Featured News: Juvenile Defense Training Academy

A 4-day course for juvenile attorneys, will begin this spring starting on April 29, 2017. 

pdficon grsmall  Program Description

pdficon grsmall  Application - Deadline to apply April 14, 2017

 

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 pdficon grsmall, is based on the input of public defense attorneys statewide and other key juvenile justice system stakeholders.

 

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.exitingwebsite

 

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

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..

Access Washington, Official State Government Website

 Privacy | Whistleblower | Contact Us

© Copyright 2016 Washington State Office of Public Defense