KMC-CrRLJ 3.1 ASSIGNMENT OF A LAWYER-PROVISIONAL APPOINTMENT (a) At the preliminary hearing or arraignment, all persons whether in-custody or out-of-custody shall automatically be appointed a lawyer on a provisional basis to assist them solely with that proceeding unless otherwise ordered by the court. Any person requesting further assignment of counsel must meet with the court's public defense screener who will then make the determination of indigence pursuant to the provisions of chapter 10.101 RCW. Notwithstanding any screening procedures, the judge may at any time appoint a lawyer in the administration of justice. (b) This rule does not preclude any person from representing themselves at the preliminary hearing or arraignment. If the defendant chooses to proceed without a lawyer, the court shall determine on the record that the waiver is made voluntarily, competently and with knowledge of the consequences. The defendant must be advised that waiver of a lawyer at arraignment does not preclude the defendant from asserting the right to a lawyer later in the proceedings. (Effective September 1, 2008)
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