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Comments due Sept. 30, 2020

On April 16, 2020 the Court issued an order extending current deadlines through Sept. 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
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

 

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

TopicRule(s)

Solicitation of Clients 

RPC 7.3

 

On April 7 2020, the Court issued the following Rule Orders:

TopicRule(s)

Local Court Systems

JISCR 13


On July 8, 2020, the Court issued the following Rule Orders:

TopicRule(s)

Court Rules Impacted by the Repeal of RCW 9A.72.085 

Please see Order No. 25700-A-1299 for a complete list of proposed amendments to various court rules, or find them on Washington Courts.

 

Settlement of Claims of Minors and Incapacitated Persons

SPR 98.16W

Governing Warrant Quashes During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency 

New Rule JuCR 7.16

Comments due April 30, 2021

On April 1, 2020, the Court issued the following Rule Orders:

TopicRule(s)

Withdrawal by Attorney

CR 71

On July 8, 2020, the Court issued the following Rule Orders:

TopicRule(s)

Remission of Legal Financial Obligations

New GR 39

Release of Accused

CrR 3.2 and CrRLJ 3.2

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

Civil Arrests

GR 38

April 1, 2020

Respect for Rights of Third Person

RPC 4.4 [Comment 4]

April 1, 2020

Nonmember Lawyer Licenses to Practice Law

APR 8

April 1, 2020

Technical Correction - Content of Brief

RAP 10.3(h)

April 1, 2020

Technical Correction - Waiver of Fees and Charges in Civil Matters

GR 34

April 1, 2020

Pleas

CrR 4.2(g), CrRLJ 4.2(g), and JuCR 7.7

July 8, 2020

Commencement of Action

CR 3

July 8, 2020

Monetary Penalty Schedule for Infractions

IRLJ 6.2

July 8, 2020

Updated: July 18, 2020