The City of Bothell requests proposals to provide public defense services for indigent criminal
defendants for a term of two years commencing on January 1, 2023, with the option to extend
the contract with the mutual agreement of all parties for an additional two‐year period. This
Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks responses from both private law firms and public agencies.
The City will pay the selected Public Defender for representational services, including lawyer
services and appropriate staff services, infrastructure, investigation and appropriate sentencing
advocacy. All proposals should take into account the adopted Administrative Order of the City
(Attachment 1) and the Washington State Supreme Court Standards (“Standards”) when
submitting proposals. Proposals should include all necessary infrastructure, training, and
services necessary to comply with the Standards.
Legal services per client will be provided from arraignment through probation and will include,
but not be limited to, interviews of clients and potential witnesses, legal research, preparation
and filing of pleadings, negotiations with the appropriate prosecutor or other agency and court
regarding possible dispositions, and preparation for and appearance at court proceedings. The
proposal should provide for attendance at five arraignment calendars per month, as well as any
and all subsequent court appearances. Please see attached sample of the monthly Court
calendar (Attachment 2).
Necessary and reasonable expert witness, investigative and other services as detailed in the
attached form Contract (Contract”) will be paid directly to the expert or investigator, or
reimbursed to the contract provider when authorized by the Court.
For more information, click here: Bothell RFP Public Defender