Superior Court News

National Center for State Court Case Flow Review  - Court Business Process Changes

The Superior Court hired the National Center for State Courts to conduct an independent review and consultation of the court's processes, systems and efficiencies. The report of the national center was finalized in July 2022  (NCSC Final Report)

Based upon recommendations contained within the report the Superior Court will be implementing  performance improving measures. The work to implement these processes is nearing completion. 

Work groups will continue to be formed to assess the needs and procedures to implement the remainder of recommendations. 

If you are a local stakeholder and are interested in participating in a work group for the Civil or Criminal Divisions, please contact Superior Court Administrator, Cheryl Stone, at cheryl.stone@clark.wa.gov.

If you are interested in comments or questions for the Family Law Division, please contact the assistants for Judge Gonzales or Commissioner Ellis. 

Date and Time Listening Sessions and Meetings Location

 

There are no additional listening sessions at this time. This page will be updated when more are scheduled. 

 

 


Caseflow Proposals - Criminal Division

Work group sessions were held with criminal division practitioners. Based upon those work group sessions criminal case flow recommendations have been proposed. The Superior Court Criminal Division Judges have reviewed the recommendations from counsel and made further adjustments. 

Criminal Division Proposed Caseflows:

Criminal Division In Custody GFU Caseflow Proposal

Criminal Division Out of Custody GFU Caseflow Proposal

Criminal Division In/Out Complex Caseflow Proposal

The comment period for the purposed changes has ended. (November 4th, 2022)


Civil Case Reassignments

As part of the Superior Court's efforts to implement the recommendations of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) pending civil matters, case type 2, have been re-assigned to Judges in the Civil Division. This does not apply to Civil Protection Order matters. 

 

 

Approved Changes

Mandatory Settlement Conferences have ended effective, August 1st.

Information on new Settlement Conference procedures and forms can be found here: Settlement Conferences | Clark County (wa.gov)

The Court has adopted the implementation of 3 Judicial Divisions:

  • Criminal Divisions: Consisting of 5 Judges
  • Civil Divisions: Consisting of 3 Judges
  • Family Law Divisions: Consisting of 3 Judges

Judicial Divisions will have weekly rotations assigned:

  • Criminal Division (5 Week Rotations) Includes: Trial Weeks, Motion Weeks, Duty Weeks
  • Civil Division (3 Week Rotations) Includes: Trial Weeks, Motion Weeks
  • Family Law (3 Week Rotations) Includes: Trial Weeks, Motion Weeks

Specific dockets have not been assigned during the rotation weeks. Work groups for each division are meeting and will determine what the Court dockets will look like moving forward.

Criminal Division Weekly Rotation Schedule (Click Image for Full Size)

 

Criminal Division Rotation 2023 Calendar

The Court has approved a temporary rotation and calendar for January 1, 2023 through March 31, 2023. This calendar is a modified version of the 2022 Criminal Rotation Calendar and removes the Civil Division Departments. 

Criminal Division January 1, 2023 - March 31, 2023 Rotation Schedule

Criminal Division Rotation and Block Schedule Approval from December 7, 2022

The Court has approved the "Block Schedule" to be used with the Judges Rotation Schedule. Anticipated effective date is April 1, 2023. 

Criminal Division Block Schedule for Judges Rotation Schedule 

Superior Court Judicial Rotation Schedule 2023

Criminal Division Continuance Policy

The Criminal Division Continuance Policy Provides policy provides policy information for attorneys and to create consistency within the Criminal Division. 

Judicial Officers will continue to weigh the facts and information in individual cases to ensure justice is served. 

Criminal Division Continuance Policy

Civil Division Weekly Rotation Schedule (Click Image for Full Size)
Civil Division Motion Week Schedule (Click Image for Full Size)

 

  • Civil Motions dockets will be heard at 9:00 a.m. every Friday for all Civil Division Departments; Judge Emily Sheldrick, Departments 11 and Judge Derek Vanderwood, Department 3 will have an additional Civil Motion Docket during their Civil Motions week on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.

  • Unlawful Detainer dockets will be heard at 1:30 p.m. every Thursday with Judge Emily Sheldrick, Department 11. 

  • Probate/Guardianship dockets will be heard every Friday at 1:30 p.m. with Judge Nancy Retsinas, Department 1. Judge Nancy Retsinas, Department 1 will hold a Guardianship Review docket during her Civil Motions Week on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. (The GMP Review docket is ONLY for matters set by Judge Retsinas, matters may not be cited to this date)

 
Civil Division Rotation 2023 Calendar

The Court has approved a rotation schedule for the Civil Division in 2023 as well as the full rotation schedule for all 3 division.  

2023 Civil Division Rotation Schedule

Superior Court Judicial Rotation Schedule 2023

 

Civil Division Case Re-Assignments

As part of the Superior Court's efforts to implement the recommendations of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) pending civil matters, case type 2, have been re-assigned to Judges in the Civil Division. This does not apply to Civil Protection Order matters. 

Family Division Block Calendars

The Superior Court Bench has approved the Block Calendars for the Family Division Judges and Commissioners as well as the Judicial Rotation Schedule for all 3 divisions. 

Family Division Judge's Block Calendar

Family Division Commissioner's Block Calendar

Superior Court Judicial Rotation Schedule 2023

Case Processing Time Standards

The Court has approved Case Processing Time Standards for the time a case is filed to its resolution. These standards reflect the time at which 90%, 98%, or 100% of pending cases should be resolved by. 

Case Type 90% Resolved 98% Resolved 100% Resolved
Criminal 4 Months 6 Months 9 Months
Civil 12 Months 18 Months 24 Months
Domestic Relations 10 Months 14 Months 18 Months
Probate 8 Months 18 Months 36 Months
Juvenile Offender 4 Months 6 Months 9 Months
RALJ 4 Months 5 Months 6 Months