Council on Public Defense


The Council on Public Defense was established to implement the recommendations of the WSBA Blue Ribbon Panel on Criminal Defense, which was appointed by the Board of Governors in spring 2003 as a first step in addressing concerns about the quality of indigent defense services in Washington.


Key Documents 

Washington State Bar Association Standards for Indigent Defense Services: On September 20, 2007, the WSBA Board of Governors adopted updated standards for indigent defense services as proposed by the WSBA Committee on Public Defense, and forwarded the standards to the Supreme Court of Washington for consideration. The WSBA Standards are recommended only and are not enforceable.

Supreme Court of Washington Standards for Indigent Defense and Certification of Compliance: On July 1, 2012, the Supreme Court of Washington ordered the adoption of revised standards for indigent defense services. The Court adopted Standards are enforceable.

Meeting Schedule 

Contact Us

Staff Liaisons
Megan McNally 

Bonnie M. Sterken

Brooks Holland
Gonzaga University School of Law

Eileen Farley

Board of Governors Liaison
Governor Karen Denise Wilson