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Metropolitan King County Council

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Metropolitan King County Council
516 Third Ave., Rm. 1200
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-477-1000
Toll Free: 800-325-6165
TTY/TDD: 206-296-1024
Fax: 206-296-0198
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Public Defense Services

As a result of the Dolan lawsuit, the county is re-examining its structure for county public defense services. The Council is considering a proposed charter amendment that would make permanent an in-house department with the Public Defender appointed by the Executive, with measures put into place to insulate the Public Defender from political influence. 

Proposed Ordinance 2013-0242 is the implementing ordinance accompanying the charter amendment, and contains many of the individual policy choices that would be necessary to implement this approach.

Public Comment period has closed

In June, the Council opened a 60-day public comment period on Proposed Ordinance 2013-0242 (the implementing ordinance to a proposed charter amendment for public defense). The comment period closed on August 26, 2013.

If you have any questions about this proposed ordinance, please contact Council staff:
Amy Tsai
(206) 477-0893

Background Materials
  • Proposed implementing ordinance 2013-0242
  • Proposed charter amendment (Provided for background reference only. The proposed charter amendment provides the backbone for the implementing ordinance.) The Committee of the Whole voted the charter amendment out of committee with a “do pass substitute” recommendation on June 27.  It will now proceed to the full Council on July 1.