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. 

Work groups are being formed to assess the needs and procedures to implement these changes. 

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

Listening and Work sessions are being held with the Clark County Bar Association and other stakeholders. 

Criminal Work Session  
September 29, 2022 12:00 p.m.
October 4, 2022 4:30 p.m.

 

Draft Continuance Policy - Criminal Division

The NCSC Calendar and Caseflow Study includes a recommendation to adopt a continuance policy. The Criminal Division judicial officers have completed a draft policy.

Please see the proposed policy at the following link: Draft Criminal Continuance Policy

To provide comments and feedback to the proposed policy, please use the link below. Comments and feedback regarding the policy are due by October 12, 2022. 

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/99T9R9C

 

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 (Click Image for Full Size)

Civil Division Weekly Rotation (Click Image for Full Size)

Family Division Weekly Rotation (Click Image for Full Size)

The Court has approved Case Processing Time Standards for the time a case is filed to it's 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