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Public Defense
Asking for a Public Defense Attorney

If you cannot pay for an attorney you can ask to have one appointed. There are three ways to ask for an attorney:
  1. On your court date go to the Burlington Municipal Court at 311 Cedar Street in Burlington. This office is open from 8:30-11:30 and 1:30–4:30 ONLY on court days. Court days are the 1st, 3rd and 4th Wednesday of every month. You do not need an appointment. There is no charge for this.
  2. Before your court date you may call the City of Burlington Public Defense Program assistant at 360-755-2387 Monday 8:00am - 12:00pm, Tuesday & Thursday 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Wednesday 8:00am - 1:00pm and Friday 8:00am - 11:00am to hear about ways to be screened  before your court date. You can also leave a message at this number and the Public Defense Program Assistant will call you back

Public Defense Attorneys

Burlington’s public defender office is called Mountain Law. The phone number for Mountain Law is 360-336-0828. The address for Mountain Law is 1600 Continental Place #105, Mount Vernon, Washington 98273. The office is one block from the Mount Vernon Courthouse. To see a map of the Mountain Law office location click here. To see the schedule and map of bus routes from Burlington to the Mountain Law Office click here.

Public Defense Supervisor

Eileen Farley is the Public Defense Supervisor. She is overseeing how the city public defense system is working. Questions, comments or complaints about your public defense attorney, about how you get a public defense attorney or about your experience in Burlington Municipal Court should be sent to her.

You can leave a message for her at 360-755-2339.

You can email her here.

You can send her a letter or note addressed to the Public Defense Supervisor, City of Burlington, 833 South Spruce Street, Burlington WA 98233. For a pre-addressed letter form you can use to mail to the Public Defense Supervisor click here.

Only the Public Defense Supervisor will receive your voice messages, emails and letters. If you ask she will try to keep your information private. That may not always be possible. Your comments to her are not confidential the way your talk with your attorney is confidential.

Public Defense Standards

The City of Burlington has adopted public defense standards. You can read them in English by clicking on this link. A Spanish version is available here.

Burlington Municipal Court

The Burlington Municipal Court is located at 311 Cedar Street, Burlington WA 98233. The phone number for the court clerk is 360-755-0492. The fax number is 360-755-2391.

The Clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday 8:30 Am to 4:30 PM and closed 12:00 to 1 for lunch. Court sessions are held the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Interpreter matters are heard at 8:30 AM. Hearings on traffic infractions begin at 3:00 PM. Pre-trials, arraignments and trial setting hearings are scheduled throughout the day. Trials are heard on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, generally once per month. Trials may be set on different days if a court holiday interrupts the schedule. You can see a court calendar by clicking on this link.

There is free parking at the Burlington Municipal Court. The Burlington Municipal Court is served by Skagit Transit bus routes 208 and 300. For bus route maps and schedules click on this link.

In Custody Information

To see if someone is held in the Skagit County Jail you can go to the jail website and click on the tab called “Inmate Roster and Booking Report”. You can also click on this link.

Hearings for defendants held in the Skagit County Jail are held every week day at 8:30 AM in Skagit County District Courtroom number one located at 600 South Third Street, Mount Vernon.

Planning Department Office
Juan Farias
Public Defense Program Assistant
Email

833 S. Spruce St.
Burlington, WA 98233

Ph: 360-755-2387

Hours

Monday 
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tuesday & Thursday
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wednesday
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Friday
8:00 am - 11:00 am