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RFP 69-23 – Conflict Public Defense Contract (Secondary Position), City of Vancouver
November 8, 2023 | Erin Stewart

The closing date for this project is November 15th, 2023


Project Description:

The City of Vancouver (City) is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide public defense legal services for conflict cases. Conflict Contractor will provide defense services to all financially qualified persons who have been arrested or charged under any City of Vancouver ordinance which has a possible jail sentence. The Conflict Contractor shall accept case assignments for which the Primary Defender has a conflict and/or there are co-defendants. The caseload for this contract averages between 120-150 cases per year.

The Conflict public defender position has a base contract rate of $65,940/year. Cases worked in exceedance of the estimated annual caseload of 150 cases per year will be billed on a per-case basis according to the following rates:

Base Rate: $415

Full-day Jury Trial: $700

Bench Trial: $400

RFP 69-23 is attached; interested parties can view it and submit proposals on Bonfire, the City’s online platform: City of Vancouver – Conflict Public Defense Contract (Secondary Position) (


RFP 69-23 Conflict Public Defense Contract (Secondary Position)_Final Draft