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Grays Harbor County Department of Public Defense Seeks Class B&C Felony Panel Attorneys
June 21, 2024 | Erin Stewart

The Grays Harbor County Department of Public Defense has made great strides in shifting the culture to a respect driven environment. The GHC DPD is seeking to increase the number of class B & C felony public defense panel attorneys. This year, indigent defense services fees once again increased in (GHC).

Attorneys can set case type limits and case counts. Accept two or more felony case assignments per month and increase the case count as appropriate. Case assignments may be suspended at any time.

GHC includes panel attorneys from King, Mason, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane, and Thurston Counties. Court appearances may be limited to twice monthly. Attorneys need only attend the court hearings for change of plea, sentencing, defense motions, or trial.  In some cases, the attorney can appear remotely for change of plea as long as stand-by counsel is in the courtroom to address any last-minute questions the client may have. With notice, an attorney from the DPD may be available to stand in.

Plan to spend a weekend and then attend court on Monday. Grays Harbor County provides a rural northwest environment.  The County boarders the Pacific Ocean with more than 50 miles of beaches, with 7 rivers to fish, there are numerous outdoors activities, limited road traffic, and only short drive to Olympia.

The Department of Public Defense is making a concerted effort to transform the culture to increase the quality of representation. All qualified attorneys may submit applications pursuant to the RFQ for 2024 indigent defense representation.  At: Welcome to Grays Harbor County (

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