How do I apply for a public defender?

Each court is different. At Gig Harbor Municipal Court, you will have  the opportunity to apply for a public defender at your first hearing by  completing the application located inside the courtroom. The judge will  review your completed application and make a determination of whether you qualify for public defense services. You may also apply for public  defense services at any point during the case.

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1. What is the right to counsel?
2. Who qualifies for public defense services?
3. How do I apply for a public defender?
4. Who will my public defender be?
5. What is my public defender able to assist me with?
6. What is my public defender unable to assist me with?
7. What do I do if I feel that my public defender has not met his/her responsibilities, or if I have other concerns?