Public Defense

This is the official web page of the Grays Harbor County Department of Public Defense, the agency charged with providing publicly funded defense services to indigent persons when required by law or the Constitution. We strive to be innovative and to ensure community conscious public defense service delivery.  The primary objective is to serve those protected by public defense counsel with quality trained, hard-working, compassionate and justice-minded attorneys. The attorneys selected for contracts and appointed by the courts are qualified and meet the standards set forth for appointment by Washington State.

If you notice an error or if you are seeking additional information contact:

Attorneys who provide indigent defense services are attorneys in private practice  who are contracted with the county.  These attorneys can only represent individuals if a judge appoints the attorney.  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. 

Kind Regards,
F. McNamara Jardine
Grays Harbor County, Coordinator
Department of Public Defense
Grays Harbor County Public Defense Department 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 appointment of counsel at county expense.  We hold ourselves to the highest professional and ethical standards. 

The Department of Public Defense 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.  When the court determines that a person cannot afford an attorney, a contracted attorney is assigned to represent that person’s interests and rights in his or her criminal case.

The County Department of Public Defense 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.

Grays Harbor the County’s Department of Public Defense is committed to providing all mandated legal services to protect and defend the rights of clients in a manner that assures eligible people receive professional and effective representation while efficiently expending public resources and holding ourselves to the highest professional and ethical standards.

The Department of Public Defense is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion through race, color, gender, age, religion, marital status, identity, and experience. We are dedicated to create an environment of mutual respect, equity and acceptance of persons we serve and with whom we serve.

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

We can be located at: 100 Broadway Ave, Montesano, Washington 98563. Office appointment hours are scheduled, current availability is Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. other times may be available based on need. Office email: .

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Grays Harbor County makes every effort to ensure that this web site is a true and accurate representation of the work of county government and that use of the site is easy and risk-free. However, the county and all related personnel make no warranty, express or implied, regarding the accuracy, completeness or convenience of any information disclosed on the site. Nor does the county accept liability for any damage or injury caused by the use of this site, including but not limited to: failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, effect, delay and operation of transmission, computer virus, or on-line failure.

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Grays Harbor County occasionally links to non-county web sites. Such sites shall provide information and/or services in support of the mission of Grays Harbor County government. Final decisions regarding external links shall be made by the Grays Harbor County Central Services Director. Provision of an external link does not constitute an endorsement of that site.The information presented here should not be used as a substitute for professional advice.

Nothing on this web site is legal advice
The information presented here should not be used as a substitute for professional advice. Using this web site does not create any attorney-client relationship. If you are having legal problems, please talk with the attorney assigned to your case or a private attorney that you have hired.