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Asking for a Public Defense Attorney

If you cannot pay for an attorney you can ask to have one appointed. There are two ways to ask for an attorney:
  1. On your court date go to the Mount Vernon Municipal Court at 1805 Continental Place in Mount Vernon. This office is open from 8:30-noon and 1:00–4:30 ONLY on court days. Court days are every Tuesday 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 Mount Vernon Public Defense Screening number at 360-755-2387 on Monday 8:00-11:30am, Tuesday and Thursday 1-4:30pm, Wednesday 8:00am-12:30pm, or Friday 8:00-10:30am 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

Mount Vernon’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 approximately two blocks south of 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 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 Mount Vernon Municipal Court should be sent to her.

You can leave a message for her at 360-336-6265.

You can email her at

You can send her a letter or note addressed to the Public Defense Supervisor, City of Mount Vernon, P.O. Box 809, Mount Vernon, WA 98273. 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 Mount Vernon has adopted public defense standards. You can read them in English by clicking on this link. A Spanish version will be made available when it is complete.

Mount Vernon Municipal Court

The Mount Vernon Municipal Court is located at 1805 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, WA 98273. The phone number for the court clerk is 360-336-6205. The fax number is 360-336-6254.

The Court is open every Tuesday each month from 8:30-noon and 1:00-4:30. Interpreter matters are heard at 8:30 a.m. Hearings on traffic infractions begin at 4:00 p.m. Public Defender cases are every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Arraignment calendar is every Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Motions and jury trial readiness are the 2nd Monday of every month at 8:30 a.m. and trials are on the 2nd Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of every 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 Mount Vernon Municipal Court. The Mount Vernon Municipal Court is served by Skagit Transit bus route 205. 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 weekday at 8:30 AM in Skagit County District Courtroom number one located at 600 South Third Street, Mount Vernon.

Defensa Publica

Public Defender Office

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday

1600 Continental Place #105
Mount Vernon, WA 98273


(360) 336-0828

(877) 927-8415

Michael D. Laws

Cara L. Lorenzo

Matt S. Mearns

Arpan K. Aulakh

Arthur T. Chiam

General Information

Public Defense Program Assistant:

Juan Farias

(360) 755-2387

Office Hours:

Tuesday & Thursday