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

Challenging LFOs in Courts of Limited Jurisdiction (10.09.2018)


Challenging LFOs in Superior Court


Right to Present a defense (8.2017)


Constitutional Jury Deliberation – 09.07.18

This WDA Practice Advisory includes a Sample Jury Instruction and Sample Polling Question to ensure that all jurors are present when the jury deliberates.


Disqualifying Prosecutors

This advisory discusses bases for moving to disqualify a prosecutor.


Persistent Offender – Two Strikes/Three Strikes (08.2018)

This Practice Advisory discusses important information for defenders with Persistent Offender cases.


Failure to Pay LFOs in Courts of Limited Jurisdiction

This advisory discusses failure to pay LFOs in courts of limited jurisdiction, what is necessary for a finding of willful failure to pay, and available sanctions and relief. 


Failure To Pay Felony LFOs

This advisory covers statutory and constitutional law related to failure to pay felony LFOs. 


Legal Financial Obligations: A Comprehensive Tool-Kit for Helping Your Client Avoid Unnecessary Fines and Fees

This packet contains several advisories and motions on LFOs in superior courts and in courts of limited jurisdiction. 


Community Parenting Alternative

This practice advisory describes the eligibility criteria and mechanism for requesting one of the two parenting sentencing alternatives under the Sentencing Reform Act (SRA). It is part one of two advisories about these sentencing...