2010 -- Washington
Seattle Office of City Auditor
ABSTRACT & CITATION
This 2010 report follows up on the recommendations made in a 2007 audit of Seattle’s Indigent Defense Services Program. This audit also (as required by a city ordinance) measures Seattle’s indigent defense services against state and national standards. Overall, the City made significant progress, implementing 34 of the 36 recommendations. It also was in almost complete compliance with state and national standards, a marked improvement since the last audit. Defendants reported a higher level of satisfaction with their appointed counsel. This series of audits was meant to assess the performance of public defender non-profits that began contracting with the city directly, rather than with the county. The improvement in indigent defense services reported here is attributed to the ongoing collaboration between these nonprofits, the municipal court, and the city budget office; comments from these groups are appended to this report. The auditor makes 11 new recommendations, most significantly that defenders initially meet with their out-of-custody clients in person and that court become more diligent in collecting public defender costs from defendants who are able to pay.
City of Seattle Office of City Auditor. (2010). Indigent Defense Services Follow-up and 2010 Audit.Topics: Caseloads, Eligibility Requirements, Funding, Independence of Defense Providers, Investigation, Resource Disparity, Salaries, Support Services, Training
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