Are you concerned about appearing for a scheduled court date in March 2020? Here is a summary of procedures for accommodating clients related to COVID-19 concerns. Please contact your attorney to learn if there is a health emergency procedure available to you.
Snohomish County Superior Court
Snohomish County Superior Court will excuse a defendant’s appearance when the prosecutor agrees to the waiver of appearance and the defendant signs a waiver of presence to apply to Omnibus, Reset, and Continuance hearings. Clients will also be required to sign a form setting future court dates.
Snohomish County District Court
Snohomish County District Court will hear motions to excuse the presence of the defendant pursuant to CrRLJ 3.4(a). The court will note the defendant’s nonappearance, set new court dates, and the defendant will be summonsed to new court dates.
Edmonds Municipal Court
Recognizing the state of emergency in the State of Washington, advisories by the Snohomish County Health District, and recommendations by the City of Edmonds, until further notice by the court, clients who:
may appear for their court hearing (except trials and testimonial hearings) or probation meetings (except MRT sessions) telephonically.
Defendants who meet the above criteria may, upon notification to probation, suspend their requirement to attend MRT until this local emergency rule is withdrawn or otherwise updated requiring attendance as previously ordered.
If you are a client who meets the above criteria, please contact your attorney and provide a good working phone number at least three business days prior to your scheduled court hearing or probation appointment so that the court or probation can call at the time of the hearing. ”Time of the hearing” will be treated the same as in-person court hearings, which means your case may be scheduled at a specific time, but the court reserves the right to call it at any time during that calendared session and parties are expected to continue to make themselves available until their case is called.
Clients, who requested to appear telephonically, but fail to pick up the phone when their case is called, will be treated like any other failure to appear and a bench warrant may issue.