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Office of Assigned Counsel

Director: Letty Alvarez-Gubitosi

COVID-19 Virus Closure Information

Due to the recent cases of the COVID-19 virus, Skagit County Superior Court issued an Emergency Response to COVID-19 Outbreak Administrative Order.  To best comply with this order, the front reception area of the Office of Assigned Counsel is closed to the public until April 24th. However, the glass window desk at the office remains open for business that must be conducted in person and the office remains available by phone. Phone interviews for screening of counsel are strongly  preferred to limit visits to the courthouse and the office.


The Office of Assigned Counsel ensures a person's constitutional right to counsel in a court proceeding, whether civil or criminal in form, when necessary to ensure procedural fairness. Such a right exists in any proceeding which may result in physical incarceration.

The legislature finds that effective legal representation should be provided for indigent persons and persons who are indigent and able to contribute, consistent with the Constitutional requirements of fairness, equal protection, and due process in all cases where the right to counsel attaches.
The Court has designated the Skagit County Office of Assigned Counsel as it's designee to determine whether a defendant is indigent pursuant to RCW 10.101.

The Office of Assigned Counsel performs eligibility screening for indigent defense services for Skagit County Superior and District Court.

 

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Closed daily: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The office is closed on holidays
Skagit County Court House 205 W. Kincaid, Suite #305 
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 
Phone: (360) 416-1690 
FAX: (360) 416-1692
email: assignedcounsel@co.skagit.wa.us