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July 2, 2018 | Mana

Pursuant to Chapter 10.101 RCW, all indigent criminal defendants must be provided with effective legal representation. The City has adopted standards for the provision of public defense services as required by state law. The Supreme Court of Washington has adopted revisions to Standard 3.4 implementing Court Rule CrR 3.1 which establishes case count standards for public defenders. The City uses an unweighted standard. Copies of public defense standards adopted by the City are available upon request from the City Clerk/Contract Administrator of the City and are incorporated in the draft contract for services included in the Request for Proposals. The Public Defender will provide legal representation for eligible defendants from court appointment or screening through trial, sentencing, post-conviction review and any appeals to Superior Court. Assignments to represent clients in the Washington appellate courts will be made through the State Office of Public Defender (OPD) system. The Public Defender, or subcontractor of the Public Defender, will:

(A) attend all arraignment calendars, status conferences and court hearings required by the Washington Court or Local Court Rules as now or hereafter adopted;

(B) attend all hearings and trials involving defendants on whose behalf the Public Defender has been appointed; and

(C) be available to talk with and meet, in person, eligible indigent defendants at the Snohomish County jail, and an office location in the City or covenant to it.

Application deadline is July 27, 2018. For more information, including how to apply, please click here.