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Department of Public Defense

Providing high-quality legal representation and advocacy for indigent clients in King County

Department of Public Defense
Phone: 206-296-7662
Fax: 206-296-0587
TTY: 711 Relay Service

Administration Only:
Chinook Building
401 5th Ave, Suite 213
Seattle, WA 98104

Screening Locations:

Maleng Regional Justice Center
401 4th Ave. N.
Room 1-B (1101)
Kent, WA 98032

King County Courthouse
516 Third Avenue, E-820 Seattle, WA 98104

Department of Youth Services                           1211 East Alder, #346 Seattle, WA 98122

Public Records Request Information here


Applications & Information for Assigned Counsel

DPD uses assigned counsel attorneys for cases where there is a conflict with all four divisions. Approximately 10% of the total King County public defense caseload goes to the assigned counsel panel. There are assigned counsel attorneys to handle all of the case types DPD manages. Cases are assigned on an individual basis. A copy of the current policy for assigned counsel attorneys is below.

The Department of Public Defense is currently accepting applications from qualified attorneys to join the assigned counsel panel. However, DPD reserves the right to limit the size of the panel.  Due to a decrease in the number of filings and an increase in the number of attorneys currently on the panel, DPD may place your application in a pending file for possible future action. If you are interested in joining the panel, please print out a copy of the application below, fill it out and return it with proof of insurance to:

Legal Administrative Specialist
King County Department of Public Defense
401 Fifth Avenue, Suite 550
Seattle, WA 98104

If you have questions about the panel, please call 206-296-7662.