In 2004, Council passed Ordinance 121501 to “adopt standards for the delivery of public defense services” in accordance with RCW 10.101.030 and 10.101.060. You may recall that I’ve written about this issue before. See Urban Politics 181.
State law requires the establishment of such standards for Cities and Counties contracting for public defense services. Prior to the passage of this law in 2004, the City didn’t have an ordinance establishing standards. The reason there was no such City ordinance was because before 2004, King County did the contracting of public defense services for the City. Consequently, the King County Code governed the City standards.[More]