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Comments due March 3, 2020

On Jan. 30, 2020, the Court issued the following Rule Orders:

Topic

Rule(s)

Respect for Rights of Third Person

RPC 4.4 Comment [4]

Civil Arrests 

New GR 38


Comments due April 30, 2020

On Nov. 7, 2019 the Court issued the following Rule Orders: 

Topic

Rule(s)

Death Penalty Related Rules

Please see Order No. 25700-A-1265 for a complete list of proposed amendments to various court rules, or find them on Washington Courts.

Word Limitations, Preparation, and Filing of Documents Submitted to the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court

Rules of Professional Conduct

  • Safeguarding Property
  • Nonprofit and Court-Annexed Limited Legal Service Programs
Procedure After Request for Trial de Novo

MAR 7.2


On Dec. 5, 2019, the Court issued the following Rule Orders:

Topic

Rule(s)

Insurance Disclosure

For more info, please see the Mandatory Malpractice Insurance Task Force

APR 26

Presiding Judge and Effect

GR 29 and CrRLJ 1.3

Rights of Defendants

  • Standards for Indigent Defense
  • Right to Lawyer and Experts
  • Presence of the Defendant

General Rules

  • Filing and Effective Date
  • Access to Court Records

Depositions

  • Depositions Upon Oral Examination
  • Depositions Upon Oral Examination and Taking of Testimony

 

Motions

CrR 8.2 and CrRLJ 8.2

 

Comments due May 30, 2020

On Jan. 30, 2020, the Court issued the following Rule Orders:

TopicRule(s)

Solicitation of Clients 

RPC 7.3

Rules Effective Upon Publication

Court Rules that have been adopted and will be effective upon publication are listed below: 

Topic(s)Rule(s)Date Ordered 
Board for Judicial Administration Rules 

BJAR Preamble, BJAR 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

Nov. 6, 2019

Suggested Amendments to Mandatory Arbitration Rules (MARs) to Superior Court Arbitration of Civil Actions (SCCARs) and General Rule 1 

MAR 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5, and GR 1

Nov. 6, 2019

Technical Change to RAP 

RAP 18.13A

Nov. 6, 2019

Technical Change to RPC 

RPC 6.1

Nov. 6, 2019

Statement of Defendant on Plea of Guilty

CrR 4.2(g)

Dec. 4, 2019

Updated: Feb. 10, 2020