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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.

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Criminal Defense Training Academy

OPD's Criminal Defense Training Academy is an intensive program intended for newer defenders looking to improve their client representation and trial advocacy skills. In-person training will take place in Spokane on October 1-3, with three mandatory webinars in August/September. Space is limited. Please see the program flyer for more details. Online applications are due by June 1, 2020. 

Regional Public Defense CLEs

SAVE THE DATE - OPD will host free, day-long CLEs designed for public defense attorneys representing clients in felony and misdemeanor cases. September 18 in Yakima and October 16 in Moses Lake. Registration details are forthcoming.   

Juvenile Defense Training Academy

2019 marked the third year of the JDTA – a four-day training program for aspiring and current juvenile defense attorneys. Graduates of the Academy are:

2018 Gradutates

• Katherine Hawkins (Asotin Co.)
• Michelle Hull (Yakima Co. and Kittitas Co.)
• Joseph Kuhlman (Spokane Co.)
• Margaret McGinty (King Co.)
• Paula Plumer (Skagit Co.)
• Kristin Timm (Snohomish Co.)
• Randall Hall (King Co.)
• James Womack (King Co.)

2017 Graduates

• Sharonda Amamilo (Thurston Co.)
• Trena Berton (Island Co.)
• Michael Borge (Clark Co.)
• Tirsa Butler (Mason Co.)
• Lawrence Delay (San Juan Co.)
• Krista Elliott (Spokane Co.)
• Patricia Fassett (Cowlitz Co.)
• Susan Goolsbee (Skagit Co.)
• Clarence Henderson (Pierce Co.)
• Amy Jones (Whatcom Co.)
• Amanda Kleespie (Grays Harbor Co.)
• Ashwin Kumar (King Co.)
• Megan Manlove (Spokane Co.)
• Robyn Martin (Thurston Co.)
• Michael Morris (King Co.)
• Alexandra Narvaez (King Co.)
• Kathy Prunty (Skagit Co.)
• Danielle Purcell (Benton Co. and Franklin Co.)


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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