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.

Draft Performance Guidelines for Juvenile Offense Representation

On Sept. 29, 2017, the Council on Public Defense presented draft Performance Guidelines for Juvenile Offense Representation to the WSBA Board of Governors for a first reading. The CPD asked the Board of Governors to recommend to the Supreme Court that the Court add the Performance Guidelines for Juvenile Offense Representation to Standard 14.1 “Qualifications of Attorneys,” which now requires attorneys providing defense services to be familiar with the Performance Guidelines for Criminal Defense Representation. Read the full memo presented to the Board of Governors.

The WSBA Board of Governors is now seeking feedback on the draft Performance Guidelines for Juvenile Offense Representation. To submit feedback, please email

Key Documents 

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.

Meeting Schedule

2016-2017 CPD Meeting Schedule

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Eileen Farley


Daryl Rodrigues 

Staff Liaisons 
Diana Singleton

Bonnie M. Sterken

Board of Governors Liaison
Governor Ann Danieli