Complaints or Grievances About Your Appointed Attorney
Many complaints can be resolved by talking directly to your public defender. Go to: agency phone numbers.
If you cannot talk with your public defender and/or want to file a complaint, send a letter in writing to:
Complaint Service Coordinator
King County Office of Public Defense
401 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98104
Please include the following information in your letter:
- Your name and address
- Your attorney's name
- Your case number and charge
- An explanation of your complaint
OPD only takes complaints or concerns about King County public defenders. It cannot investigate complaints against private attorneys, judges, prosecutors or attorneys in other jurisdictions. Only the defendant may file a complaint, even if the defendant is a juvenile. OPD does not accept complaints from family members or other third parties on behalf of the defendant. OPD does not accept anonymous complaints.
Please note that complaints submitted to OPD may be subject to disclosure as a public record.