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Public Defender standards enacted by the Washington State Supreme Court

August 16th, 2012 · No Comments

In June 2012, the Washington State Supreme Court directed the state’s public defenders to limit their caseloads and certify compliance with the new numerical standards on a quarterly basis.  With the goal of improving the quality of legal representation for indigent defendants, the Court has adopted standards that were formerly considered advisory and largely unenforceable.  […]

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Washington State Supreme Court adopts rule allowing non-lawyers to provide limited legal services

July 9th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Based upon an administrative order approved by the Washington State Supreme Court on June 15, 2012, non-lawyers may offer limited assistance on simple legal matters.  The Court adopted the proposed Admission to Practice (APR) Rule 28, the “Limited Practice Rule for Limited License Legal Technicians” to expand access to legal services for low and moderate […]

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Family Dependency Treatment Courts

May 14th, 2012 · No Comments

Problem-Solving Courts – also known as Accountability Courts - are programs developed by many court systems to impose treatment plans and other forms of rehabilitation on some criminal offenders who would otherwise face jail time and the stigma of a criminal record. They reduce the judicial system caseload and the prison population while helping offenders with […]

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