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The Department of Public Defense (DPD) uses assigned counsel attorneys for cases where there is a conflict with all four divisions. Assigned counsel attorneys operate as independent contractors where cases are assigned on an individual basis. Approximately 10 percent of the total King County public defense caseload goes to the assigned counsel panel. The department assigns attorneys to represent clients in felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile offenses, civil commitments and dependencies.


DPD's Assigned Counsel Policy

The department has established an updated set of policies and guidelines to foster consistent practices among its assigned counsel, clarify the department's billing processes, and lay out other expectations and requirements for legal representation. Click here to read the department's assigned counsel policy.


Applying to DPD's Assigned Counsel Panels

DPD is always seeking new attorneys for our assigned counsel panels. Applicants should possess strong litigation skills, as well as technical skills and other resources to support representation. 

The application and instructions can be found here.


Email questions concerning DPD's assigned counsel panels or the application process to