Practice Advisories

WDA staff and the resource attorneys have created practice advisories on issues relevant to indigent defense. These documents are in Word format and you are encouraged to cut and paste them into your motions and other documents.

If you have an issue that you feel we should prepare an advisory on, let us know. If you have prepared practice advisories and would like to submit one for publication to the indigent defense community, please contact staff for publication to our data base.

As with all resources, WDA attempts to keep these documents current, but it is your responsibility to check the law for changes.

Here are the main subcategories for our Practice Advisories.


Below are the most recently updated documents and links in all practice advisories categories

Diminished Capacity Defense (8.2013)

This Practice Advisory discussed the law surrounding the defense of diminished capacity.


CrR 8.3b Motions to Dismiss (2009)

This WDA Practice Advisory provides an overview of the caselaw interpreting motions to dismiss pursuant to CrR 8.3(b).


Insanity Defense (2013)

This WDA Practice Advisory discusses the defense of NGRI - Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity.


Youth in Adult Court: Decline and Auto Decline with 2019 Legislation (6.2019)


Youth in Adult Court Changes to Confinement, “JR to 25” (6.2019)


Accommodation: Client Needs Accommodation GR 33

This WDA Practice Advisory discusses the procedure and includes links to the form for seeking an accommodation for a client to access the courts pursuant to GR 33.


Vacate Misdemeanor (10.2014)

This advisory discussed the rules for vacating Washington adult court misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor convictions.


Vacate – Felony (8.2014)

This advisory discusses the rules for vacating a Washington felony conviction.


Interview of Witness Prior to Trial (10.2014)


DOSA – 2019 Update (2.2019)

This practice advisory discusses the DOSA treatment based alternative sentence for felony crimes sentenced pursuant to the SRA.