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Request a Public Defender

You have the right to have an attorney represent you on any criminal charge. If you do not have the money to pay for an attorney, you may qualify for the appointment of a public defender. You must complete this Indigency Screening Form (click link to open form), which details your finances, to prove you are eligible for representation by a public defender. The Indigency Screening Form should be completed prior to your arraignment and the original hand delivered to court.

You may meet with the public defender screener, to find the best public defender to represent you, any time after a charge has been filed against you in the District Court, whether you have been arraigned or not. Screening for a public defender takes place at the Bellevue Courthouse on Monday to Friday 9 am - 1 pm. The Indigency Screening Form must be completed prior to meeting with the public defender screener. You will not be screened unless the packet is completed.

If you do not speak English or have difficulty with it, there are several community resources which may be able to assist you with translations.

Contact Information

City Attorney
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Lori Riordan
Phone: 425-452-6829

King County District Court, East Division
1309 114th Avenue S.E., Suite 100
Bellevue, WA 98004
Phone: 206-205-9200
Fax: 425-777-9157
E-mail: Bellevue.KCDC@KingCounty.gov
Business Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday

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