Tag: Indigent Defense


Recent Happenings with Grays Harbor Public Defense Case

In April of 2017, the ACLU filed a class-action lawsuit in Thurston County Superior Court against the State and the Office of Public Defense (OPD), and not the county, for failing to provide adequate public defense for juveniles in Grays Harbor County in Davison v. State of Washington. Davison contended that Grays Harbor County systemically failed to provide constitutionally adequate

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Fund – don’t study – Trial Court Public Defense

On Wednesday, January 16th WSAC testified at a hearing in the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee on our proposed legislation, HB 1086, that requires the state to provide funding for trial court public defense services by allocating an additional 10% per year. Rep. Chapman, the prime sponsor, did an excellent job testifying in favor of this proposal, as did Councilmember

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Counties Decide to Move Forward on Pursuing Legal Action

County leaders frustrated with the unfunded mandates and lack of support coming out of Olympia have authorized the Washington State Association of Counties to explore legal action against the State. Eastsound, WA (May 10, 2018) – As Counties begin working on their 2019 budgets, many are faced with the need to make cuts once again after the Washington State Legislature failed
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E2SHB 1783 Continues Forward with Funding

On Saturday, February 24th the Senate Ways & Means Committee heard E2SHB 1783 (Holy). This bill prohibits courts from imposing court costs on defendants who are indigent and eliminates interest accrual on non-restitution portions of legal financial obligations. We testified as “other” on this bill because we do not oppose the policy, but rather the resulting cost to counties.  However,

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