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Welcome to AWC’s online library of Legislative Bulletin and CityVoice news articles and other updates.

24

Jan

2014

Modifying the definition of indigent defense and ability to pay

A proposed substitute version of a bill introduced last year PSSB 5020, sponsored by Sen. Sheldon (D-Potlatch), related to modifying criteria in the definition of “indigent and able to contribute” for the purposes of qualifying for court appointed legal representation was heard on January 24, in the Senate Law & Justice Committee.

12

Apr

2013

Indigent caseload limits delayed until January 2015

The Washington Supreme Court has again delayed the implementation date for the adopted misdemeanant caseload limits for public defenders, moving it from October 2013 to January 2015.

22

Mar

2013

Washington Supreme Court releases study on indigent defense standards

The Washington Supreme Court adopted standards that established requirements that public defense counsel must comply with in order to provide fair representation.

18

Jan

2013

WA State Supreme Court: not the intent of the legislature to fund treatment programs for indigent parties

In Washington law, a defendant charged with a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor may be considered for a deferred prosecution program if the cause of the crime committed was a result of alcoholism, drug addiction, or mental problems. 

13

Jul

2012

Indigent defense update

On June 15, the Washington State Supreme Court adopted misdemeanor caseload standards for public defenders.

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