Notice to Criminal Practitioners
Superior Court memo: Video/Telephonic Change of Plea and Sentencing Procedures April 9, 2020
Frequently Asked Questions
When will Readiness Dockets resume?
The Clark County Superior Court Revised Emergency Order 20-16, paragraph D, continues all jury trials until at least July 6, 2020. July 6th is a Monday, and the previous Thursday is July 2nd. All readiness dockets from March 18, 2020 through Thursday, June 25, 2020 are canceled. The first possible readiness hearing will occur on Thursday, July 2, 2020.
Is there a plan for resetting trial dates in cases where the trial date was continued due to the Washington Supreme Court's Order of April 29, 2020?
Paragraphs 6, 9, 11 and 12 of the Supreme Court's Order of April 29, 2020, read together, authorize trial courts to continue criminal cases that already had trial dates on or after July 6, 2020. Paragraph 12(b) indicates that courts shall provide notice of new hearing dates to defense counsel and unrepresented defendants. Defense counsel is not required to obtain signatures from defendants on orders to continue (or scheduling orders) but shall provide notice to defendants of new court dates. See paragraphs 12(a) and (c). Starting this week the criminal trial judges will begin to send out scheduling orders with new trial dates on cases where the trial date was continued due to the Supreme Court's Order to defense attorneys, the prosecuting attorney's office, and unrepresented defendants. The judges recognize that certain trial dates the court chooses may conflict with pre-planned vacations. training and other trial commitments. The parties are urged to cite these matters in front of the the assigned judge to reset the trial date.