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Presiding Judge Ronald CulpepperSwearing in Ceremony
The public swearing in ceremony for Appointee Judge Gretchen Leanderson is scheduled for Thursday, December 4, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. in Judge LeandersonRoom 100 of the County City Building.  A reception will immediately follow in Room 123 (Jury Administration).   The ceremony is open to the public.

Judge Thomas Felnagle retires
Thomas Felnagle is retiring after serving as a Superior Court judge for almost 23 years.  During his career, he has served as Presiding judge  for Superior Court, as presiding judge at our juvenile court, has been a member of the statewide Sentencing Guidelines Commission and has served the Court and the Superior Court Judges Association on many committees and commissions.  Judge FelnagleAs one our most senior judges, he has been a constant source of advice and acted as a mentor to many more recent additions to our bench.  We are honoring him with a retirement dinner November 7th at the Tacoma Yacht Club.

Tom and his wife Debbie reside in Tacoma.  They have two adult children.  Tom indicates that his plans for retirement include a bit of golf, continuing in many volunteer activities, and perhaps acting as a mentor for newer attorneys and occasionally sitting as a judge pro tempore.

Judge Felnagle is one of the judges most respected by his colleagues.  We wish him well and will miss him.

Juror Phone Scam
Residents of Snohomish County have been contacted about fines for failure to appear for Jury Duty. The caller tells the victim they must immediately pay a fine to avoid issuance of an arrest warrant for failure to appear for jury duty. A couple of victims said they were contacted via email and not phone. These are fake, if you are solicited in this way, don't give these contacts money or financial information.
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Myths and Misperceptions about Courts
Do you wonder who the courts work for? Who can give you legal advice? To find out the answer to these and other questions check out this video - Myths and Misperceptions About the Washington Courts.

South Korean Delegates visit Pierce County Drug Court
On May 6th 2014 Pierce County Drug Court was visited by 20 Korean Delegates.  Our Drug Court will be serving as a model for the Korean government to learn more about how our court system helps non-violent offenders with drug addictions by offering a therapeutic drug treatment program.   For a video or the full story.

Juror Appreciation Week

New Criminal Division Presiding Judge (CDPJ) Protocols

New Mandatory Impact on Children Seminar Offered for Non-Parental Custody Petitioners

Changes to Ex Parte Procedure

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