Mission Statement for the Cowlitz County Office of Public Defense (CCOPD)

We Hear You!
Our attorneys want your version and account of how you came to be our client. 

We Give Voice to You!
The legal system is complex and getting heard means presenting your point well. 

We Fight for You!
We are dedicated to pushing back to protect your rights. 

We Are Here for You!

The Mission of the Cowlitz County Office of Public Defense is to defend the liberty, honor and constitutional rights of the individuals, of all ages, whose cases have been entrusted to us. Through zealous advocacy, we strive not only to deliver excellence in our representation of each and every client, but also to stand with our clients and the community in working to create a more just, fair and compassionate legal system. The right to legal representation is a fundamental component of our justice system and we believe it is the duty of the Cowlitz County Office of Public Defense to safeguard the rights of the most marginalized members of our community.   We believe each client is entitled to the highest quality, effective representation consistent with the best practices of the legal profession.  Our dedicated attorneys and staff work tirelessly to ensure the needs of our clients are met.  The Cowlitz County Office of Public Defense strives to maintain public confidence in the commitment to equal justice under the law.