Another Jury Scam - This time in Clark County
Clark County is reporting a jury scam via telephone that requires the resident to pay a fine and then show up to court on a specific date for a refund. We will never request money over the phone. To see the full article click here:
Judge Frederick Fleming, In Memorium
On Friday March 13, Pierce County Superior Court lost an esteemed judge and good friend, the Honorable Frederick W. Fleming. Judge Fleming retired two years ago after serving 21 years on the Superior Court . His tenure began in 1992 when he was elected to the position vacated by Judge E. Albert Morrison. Prior to assuming the bench Judge Fleming served as a Pierce County Prosecutor and subsequently was in private practice.
PROPOSED AMENDED LOCAL RULES AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AND COMMENT
By Judge Garold E. Johnson, Chair
Pierce County Superior Court Local Rules Committee
Following the 45-day comment period, the Local Rules Committee will evaluate all comments, make final rule changes and submit proposed local rules amendments to all the judges. Approved local rule changes will then be submitted for publication by the Administrative Office of the Courts to take effect September 1, 2015.
Proposed Rule Change Highlights
document 1 & document 2
The goal of the Committee is to efficiently facilitate resolution of cases without sacrificing quality. The Committee also works to update the Local Rules to reflect the existing members of the bench, current law and procedures followed by the court.
This year the Committee addressed substantive amendments to the local mandatory arbitration rules. A proposed change to PCLMAR 2.1(a) would require that the statement of arbitrability requesting arbitration be filed no sooner than the date the confirmation of joinder is to be filed and no later than discovery cutoff date. Thereafter, a request for mandatory arbitration statement of arbitrability could only be filed with leave of court on good cause shown. The Committee also proposes adding subparagraph (f). This addition provides that once a statement of arbitrability has been filed the trial date and case schedule created on the date of filing would be cancelled. Further, a mandatory court review would be scheduled 6 months after the filing of the statement of Arbitrability.
To prevent post arbitration award “black hole” cases, the Committee proposed that PCLMAR 6.3 be amended. This amendment would provide that if the parties do not enter a judgment on the arbitration award within 90 days of the award and no request for trial de novo has been filed, the case will be dismissed. Further, the Committee proposes to amend PCLMAR 7.1(c) to provide that once a timely trial de novo request has been filed, an expedited case schedule will be issued setting a trial date in 6 months.
The Statement of Arbitrability form found in the appendix has been edited to include a certificate of readiness and reflect the 90 day rule discussed above.
In addition to the substantive proposed changes to the PCLMAR’s, considerable effort went to editing PCLSPR 93 (adoptions), PCLSPR 94 (family law proceedings) and PCLSPR 98 (estates, probate, settlement of minor claims and court created trusts). These edits are proposed to facilitate clarity, accuracy and ease of understanding of the rules. There are several edits proposed. While these edits are not intended to be substantive they may have a direct impact on a particular case. Consequently, members of the Bar are encouraged to take the time to review the proposed changes.
There are other proposed rule changes that are minor edits rather than substantive changes that I will not go into unless Bar members ask for further explanation or discussion. As to all of the amendments, the Bench welcomes input from members of the Bar. If you have a concern, suggestion or comment, we certainly want to hear from you.
Judge Garold E. Johnson
Pierce County Superior Court to host national jury management seminar
Jury administrators from around the nation are coming to Pierce County this month for a three-day advanced training seminar.
The Virginia-based National Center for State Courts selected Pierce County’s Jury Administration Office as the host after working together on a technical assistance study. The study was complimentary of Pierce County Jury Administration operations, and also identified areas for improvement and efficiency.
“This is the first time the National Center for State Courts has held this training in Washington State and we are pleased to have been chosen to host it,” said Pierce County Superior Court Presiding Judge Frank Cuthbertson. “This will be an outstanding opportunity for the staff of our Jury Administration Office to join their counterparts from across the nation, take our jury operations to the next level and become even better at what they do.”
The seminar, to be held March 25-27, is entitled “Fair and Effective Practices in Jury Management.” It will be conducted by Paula Hannaford-Agor, director of the Center for Jury Studies at the National Center for State Courts.
The training is limited to 40 participants and the registration list includes jury managers from all over the United States, including the U.S. Territorial Court in Guam. The Pierce County Jury Administration Office has 4 participants registered for the training.
Jury operations will be temporarily relocated to Courtroom 100 on the first floor of the County-City Building to accommodate the training seminar.
Congratulations to Judge Frank Cuthbertson and
Judge Stephanie Arend
The Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association honored Judge Cuthbertson with its 2014 Service To Diversity Award which Recognizes all aspects of diversity; optical, background, perspective, and racial. Scott Candoo concluded in his Pierce County Lawyer magazine article: “His demeanor and humanity as well as diversity of background and perspectives provides the legal system and community of Pierce County a tremendous windfall”.
The Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association honored Judge Arend with its 2014 Outstanding Jurist Award Recipient for Her work with the YMCA Mock Trial program, Paint Tacoma Beautiful program, Judicial College, and the Pierce County Superior Court History Project. In the Pierce County Lawyer magazine article, Paula Olson summed it up with these words: “Judge Arend is very worthy of this Distinguished Service Award and we should all take an opportunity to congratulate and thank her for her hard work and commitment to improve our community”
Juror e-mail Scam
Residents of Pierce County have been contacted by e-mail about Notice to appear in court. The e-mail states the person is due in court March 12. There is a zip file attached to the e-mail.
Do not open it. It could be harmful to your device.
These are fake, if you are solicited in this way, don't give these contacts any information.
Kitsap County Jury Scam Advisory
For more details about Snohomish County
Juror Scams around the country
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.
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
Archived Superior Court News