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Office of Assigned Counsel

Director: Carmen Purcell


The Office of Assigned Counsel ensures a person’s constitutional right to counsel in a court proceeding for criminal or civil contempt matters, 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 , District and Anacortes Municipal Court.

Director: Carmen Purcell
Staff Assistant: Aileen Gonzalez
Office Assistant: Liz Trujillo
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Monday-Friday
Closed daily: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Closed all holidays

Skagit County Court House
205 W. Kincaid, Suite #301
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Phone: (360) 416-1690