Standards of Indigent Defense Services


Chronological History of Performance Standard Drafts and Amendments

The WSBA Council on Public Defense (CPD) considered final draft proposals relating to the implementation of CrR3.1, CrRLJ 3.1, and JuCR 9.2 on August 28, 2011 including the recommendation for Standard 3 relating to the misdemeanor caseload number.  However, due to concerns raised by municipal representatives at the meeting, a vote on the proposals was postponed until September 7 to allow an opportunity for further input and refinement.  In response to various suggestions, the CPD subcommittee redrafted Standard 3 relating to caseload with a special focus on providing greater clarity and flexibility in the determination of caseloads in misdemeanor cases.  No additional input was received for the death penalty qualification standard and the certification language.

The CPD passed the three proposals on September 7, 2011.  They are being forwarded to the WSBA Board of Governors (BOG) with a recommendation for adoption at its September 22, 2011 meeting.  If the BOG adopts the proposals, they will be forwarded on to the Washington Supreme Court for consideration in its finalization of the court rule.  We assume the court will put the proposals out for comment in their usual manner.

The passage of these proposals completes the work requested of the CPD by the BOG and the Washington Supreme Court related to CrR 3.1.