The Grays Harbor County Department of Public Defense is charged with providing 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 selected for contracts and appointed by the courts are qualified and meet the standards set forth for appointment by Washington State.

COVID-19 Updates
The Grays Harbor County Department of Public Defense maintains limited hours base on appointment only until further notice.
aff is available to respond to questions and concerns. Contact: PublicDefense@co.grays-harbor.wa.us
As a result of the Washington State Governor's Order and the Supreme Court Order responding to the Public Health Emergency, Grays Harbor Superior Court has generated COVID-19 Emergency Court Orders of Operation.
Current Grays Harbor Superior Court Emergency Orders:
General Order 2021-8
General Order 2020-14
General Order 2020-13
General Order 2020-12
General Order 2020-11
General Order 2020-10
General Order 2020-9
General Order 2020-8
General Order 2020-7
General Order 2020-6

General Order 2020-5

General Order 2020-3
General Order 2020-2
General Order

Washington State Supreme Court Orders  related to the COVID-19 pandemic http://www.courts.wa.gov/newsinfo/index.cfm?fa=newsinfo.COVID19Orders
Washington State Guidelines for Operations COVID-19

Attorneys who provide indigent defense services are attorneys in private practice  contracted with the county.  These attorneys may only provide representation when appointed by the court.

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 appointment of 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.  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 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 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 is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion through race, color, gender, age, religion, marital status, identity, and experience. We are dedicated to creating 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.

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@co.grays-harbor.wa.us

Mailing Address: 100 W. Broadway Avenue, Suite # 1, Montesano, Washington 98563.
Physical address: 101 S. Main Street, Montesano, Washington, 98563

Office appointment hours are scheduled. Other times may be available based on need. Current availability is Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

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