Request for Proposal - Indigent Defense Services

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Release Date: Sep. 16, 2016

PURPOSE OF REQUEST: The City of Sammamish (“City”) is requesting proposals for the purpose of contracting for public defender services for indigent criminal defendants. In selecting a Public Defender to represent indigent persons charged with misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor violations of City laws, prior experience as a public defender handling misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases is required. Experience handling misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor appeals is also strongly preferred.

The average number of Sammamish cases assigned to the public defender per month in 2015 was seven (7), with a low of three (3) cases one month and a high of eleven (11) cases one month. Through May 2016, the average number of cases per month was ten (10), with a low of five (5) cases one month and a high of fourteen (14) cases one month. The caseload for 2017 is anticipated to more closely reflect the 2016 caseload trends. Since 2015, there have been an average of three (3) arraignment calendars per month (held once a week on Mondays) and three (3) in-custody calendars per month for those inmates held at the Issaquah Jail.

TIME SCHEDULE: The deadline for submittal of proposals is Friday, October 14, 2016 no later than 2:00 PM.


Factor Weight Given
A. Responsiveness of the written proposal to the purpose and scope of service 15%
B. Fee 50%
C. Ability and history of successfully providing services of this type,
meeting projected deadlines and experience in similar work 35%

Total Criteria Weight 100%

Each proposal will be independently evaluated on factors 1 through 3.

The Request for Qualifications packet may be obtained by visiting the City’s website at www.sammamish.us.

Proposals should be mailed or hand delivered to:

City of Sammamish
Attn: City Clerk Melonie Anderson

Please click on the document link below for the complete proposal requirements.