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Public Defense

The Office of Public Defense represents Island County's interest and responsibility when providing attorney representation to persons charged with a criminal or dependency action.  The staff of the Office of Public Defense / GSA are not attorneys and will not give legal advice. You must meet certain financial guidelines to qualify for a Public Defender.  If you qualify for a Public Defender, an attorney will be appointed to represent you for your current case in Superior, Juvenile or District Court.

You should schedule a screening appointment with the Office of Public Defense by calling (360) 679-7326.  You will not be meeting with an attorney at this appointment.  The appointment is only to determine if you qualify for a Public Defender. IF WE HAVE NOT SCREENED YOU FOR A PUBLIC DEFENDER AT LEAST 2 WORKING DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR NEXT COURT DATE, WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH COUNSEL ON THAT COURT DATE.

SCREENING APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE 10 A.M. TO 2 P.M.

MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY (except Island County Holidays)

YOU MUST HAVE A SCREENING APPOINTMENT.  SET AN APPOINTMENT BY CALLING (360) 679-7326

You should gather the following items before you call for an appointment as you will be required to provide them at screening:

  • Your criminal citation, notice and summons and paperwork that you receive from the court which contains your charge(s), case number(s) and court dates;

  • Verification of all of your income including employment (2 current pay stubs), unemployment, retirement income, pension income or Labor and Industries income; if married also bring in spouse's income information.  If you are unemployed, you must provide a letter of support from whoever is providing you with shelter, food, transportation, or other support.  These letters must be signed, dated, and have a phone number on them that we can verify

  • Proof of any public assistance you receive (food stamps award letter, financial assistance award letter, current month's medical coupon, etc.);

  • Current 30 day print out for all your bank accounts dated within 3 days of your appointment (it is easiest to get this from a teller at your bank or online);

  • Proof of any child support or court ordered fines that you pay or should pay.

You MUST re-apply for public defense representation each time that you are charged with a new criminal offense or violation and if you're Public Defender withdraws from your case because a warrant is issued and you get a new court date.

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Main Offices

Whidbey Office
1 NE 7th Street
Coupeville, WA 98239

Camano Office
121 N East Camano Dr
Camano Island, WA 98282

Helpful Numbers

Main Line: (360) 678-5111
Sheriff: (360) 679-7310

Juror Recordings
Superior Court: (800) 254-2755
District Court: (800) 946-9765

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