The Grays Harbor County Department of Public Defense provides publicly funded defense services to indigent persons when required by law or the Constitution. The primary objective is to serve those protected by public defense counsel with quality trained, hard-working, compassionate and justice-minded attorneys. The attorneys, both employees and contracted, are each competent, qualified, and meet the standards established by Washington State.

The Grays Harbor County Department of Public Defense maintains hours Monday & Friday by appointment only and Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Check in at the county administration building at first floor Commissioners' office. Appointments for alternate times may be made by calling: 360-964-1591. Staff is available to respond to questions and concerns. Contact: PublicDefense@graysharbor.us 

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Attorneys who provide indigent defense services are typically attorneys in private practice contracted with the county.  These attorneys may only provide representation when authorized by law and assigned by the Department of Public Defense.

Kind Regards,
F. McNamara Jardine
Grays Harbor County, Coordinator
Department of Public Defense
The Grays Harbor County Department of Public Defense is responsible for promoting the professional independence and integrity of the public defense system, and for fulfilling the county’s obligation to provide quality, independent counsel to those who qualify for public defense counsel at county expense. We hold ourselves to the highest professional and ethical standards. 

The department is dedicated to the full and fair representation of all persons in our community who cannot afford legal counsel and are in danger of being deprived of a liberty interest due to a criminal accusation or other statutorily defined state action. It is the goal of the public defenders to protect each client’s constitutional rights, to defend against discriminatory treatment, disproportionate punishment, and to ensure that no innocent accused is wrongfully convicted. Based on State financial determination, when persons cannot afford an attorney, an attorney is assigned to represent the individual’s interests and rights in their criminal case.

The department also coordinates juvenile representation in offender matters, At-Risk-Youth (ARY) cases, Child in Need of Services petitions (CHINS) and truancies.  This department does not handle parent representation in dependencies, which is instead handled by the Washington State Office of Public Defense.

The Department of Public Defense commits to protect and defend the rights of eligible people and provide professional and effective representation for those who are entitled to and cannot afford legal representation.

We will accomplish our mission through support, collaboration, transparency and accessibility to all partners in the criminal justice community.

Contact Information
If you have questions about public defense services supported by this office, either as a concerned community member, client, family member of a client or criminal justice professional, please do not hesitate to contact the Department of Public Defense. 

F. McNamara Jardine, Public Defense Coordinator
Phone: (360) 964-1591
E-mail: publicdefense@graysharbor.us

Address: 100 W. Broadway Avenue, Suite # 1, Montesano, Washington 98563.

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