Tag: Indigent Defense


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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Indigent Defense Funding Requests Update

Although we had a great hearing on HB 2687, we have been informed that the bill will not have a hearing in the House Appropriations committee. This means that the bill will not be moving any further through the legislative process. And, as we’ve known since the beginning of session, SB 6420 will not be given a hearing in the

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