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Record No: CB 119260    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 119260
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 5/29/2018
Ordinance No: Ord 125583
Title: AN ORDINANCE related to civil legal aid services; authorizing an amendment to the Interlocal Agreement for Public Defense Services with King County, previously authorized under Ordinance 125411, to carry out a program for civil legal services for indigent clients according to the terms of Resolution 31802.
Sponsors: Lisa Herbold
Attachments: 1. Att 1 – First Amendment to ILA for Public Defense
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Central Staff memo (added 5/22/18), 3. Signed Ordinance 125583, 4. Affidavit of Publication
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE related to civil legal aid services; authorizing an amendment to the Interlocal Agreement for Public Defense Services with King County, previously authorized under Ordinance 125411, to carry out a program for civil legal services for indigent clients according to the terms of Resolution 31802.
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WHEREAS, civil legal aid has been a critical means for vulnerable populations in safeguarding their basic legal rights, navigating the intricacies of the justice system, and avoiding unanticipated collateral consequences to benefits, employment, housing, and other impacts to quality of life; and
WHEREAS, clients and public defenders may not fully understand the civil consequences of criminal convictions and plea agreements on housing, child and family issues, licensure, employment, public benefits, and other issues; and
WHEREAS, the Revised Code of Washington (RCW 2.53.005) states that "[t]he provision of civil legal aid services to indigent persons is an important administration of civil and criminal justice"; and
WHEREAS, the Seattle City Council appropriated civil legal aid funding for the King County Department of Public Defense (KC DPD) to hire civil legal aid attorneys tasked with providing civil legal advice in plea agreements to avoid collateral consequences; and
WHEREAS, the KC DPD civil legal aid attorneys provided civil legal advice for 297 clients since July 2017 and have successfully advised public defenders and clients in pursuing better outcomes involving collateral consequences including, but not limited to, proper enforcement of the Fair Change Employment Ordinance, preservation of Social Security benefits, eviction prevention, management of legal financial obligations, obtaining protective orders against abusers, and education for non-citizens on legal rights; and
WHEREAS, King County (County) operates and maintains a Department of Public Defenses (KC-DPD)...

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