The Department of Assigned Counsel provides constitutionally guaranteed legal defense services for indigent persons charged with crimes or brought into proceedings threatening the loss of personal liberty in the District and Superior Courts of Yakima County.
The DAC maintains Yakima County's centrally administered public defender delivery system and provides defense services through:
1. the county public defender office's qualified attorneys and staff;
2. agreements with qualified local private attorneys who perform public defense services exclusively; and
3. arrangements with qualified private attorneys who provide public defense services as part of their practice.