The MRSC published a guest blog article by OMW attorneys Oskar Rey and Drew Pollom about recent changes to the Standards for Indigent Defense Services (Standards) established by the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA). RCW 10.101.030 requires cities to adopt standards for delivery of public defense services and provides that the WSBA Standards shall serve as guidelines to cities. The changes to the Standards are substantial and will be phased in over a two-year period beginning July 2, 2025. 

The article may be of interest to any city that has questions about the changes to public defender services. A link to the article can be found here: MRSC - Public Defense Standards Are Changing: What Counties and Cities Need to Know


If you have any questions about the updated WSBA Standards and how they may affect your municipality, please do not hesitate to contact your city attorney.