Council on Public Defense
The Council on Public Defense was established to implement the recommendations of the WSBA Blue Ribbon Panel on Criminal Defense. The Board of Governors appointed the panel in spring 2003 as a first step to address concerns about the quality of indigent defense services in Washington.
Call for applications to join the Council on Public Defense
Due March 1, 2017
The council is seeking to fill multiple positions. The council unites diverse members of the legal community and public in a shared project of the WSBA to support high-quality and accessible public defense services. Learn more about the open positions and how to apply here.
Washington State Bar Association Standards for Indigent Defense Services: In 2011 the WSBA Board of Governors adopted updated standards for indigent defense services as proposed by the WSBA Committee on Public Defense and forwarded the standards to the Washington Supreme Court for consideration. The WSBA standards are recommended and not enforceable.
Washington Supreme Court Standards for Indigent Defense and Certification of Compliance: On July 1, 2012, the state Supreme Court ordered adoption of revised standards for indigent defense services. The Court-adopted standards are enforceable.
Northwest Defenders Association
Bonnie M. Sterken
Board of Governors Liaison
Governor Ann Danieli
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