Updated: Oct. 29, 2021

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Comments due Dec. 29, 2021

On August 12, 2021, the Court extended the comment deadline for the following rule orders:

Topic

Rule(s)

Trial by Jury or by the Court

CR 39

Jury Selection by Videoconference

Per Second Amended Order No. 25700-A-1354, a correction was made to change the proposed new General Rules number from [40] to [41]

New GR 41

Comments due Dec. 30, 2021

On Oct. 5, the Court issued the following rule orders:

Topic

Rule(s)

Presence of the Defendant 

Per Amended Order No. 25700-A-1355, the comment deadline has been extended to 12/30/21.

CrR 3.4

Comments Due Feb. 28, 2022

On Oct. 5, 2021, the Court issued the following rule orders:

Topic

Rule(s)

Time for Trial

CrRLJ 3.3

Presence of the Defendant

CrRLJ 3.4

Certifying Professional Guardians and Conservators 

GR 23

 

Access to Court Records

 

GR 31

 

Access to Court Records and Indictment and the Information

 

GR 31 and CrR 2.1

Comments Due April 30, 2022

On April 8, 2021, the Court issued the following rule orders:

Topic

Rule(s)

Amendments to the Rules of Appellate Procedure (RAP)

RAP 5.3, 10.2, 10.10

Task Force on the Escalating Cost of Civil Litigation

New CR 3.1, 16, 26, 77

On Oct. 5, 2021, the Court issued the following rule orders: 

Topic

Rule(s)

Misconduct

RPC 8.4

Complaint - Citation and Notice 

CrRLJ 2.1

 

Additional Authorities

 

RAP 10.8

 

Suggested Amendments to: General Rules, Code of Judicial Conduct, Discipline Rules for Judges, Board for Judicial Administration Rules, Rules of Professional Conduct, Admission and Practice Rules, Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct, Judicial Information System Committee Rules, and Rules of Evidence

 

See Order No. 25700-A-1375 

 

Circumstances Which May Affect Scope of Review

 

RAP 2.5

Rules Effective Upon Publication

An archive of the disposition of past proposed rules can be found on the Washington Courts website.

Topic(s)Rule(s)Date Ordered 

Suggested Amendments to Rules of Appellate Procedure (RAPs), NEW RAP 18.17 and RAP Forms

RAP 4.2, 4.3, 10.4, 10.7, 10.8, 10.10(b), 12.4, 13.4, 13.5(c), 13.7(e), 16.7(c), 16.10(d), 16.16(e), 16.17, 16.21(c), 16.22, 17.4(g), 18.13A(h), 18.14(c), NEW 18.17, RAP Forms: 3, 4, 6, 9, 17, 18, 20, and 23

Dec. 3, 2020

Suggested Amendments to various General Rules (GRs), Criminal Rules (CrRs), Rules for Courts of Limited Jurisdiction (CrRLJs, IRLJs, and RALJs), Juvenile Court Rules (JuCRs), and Superior Court Special Proceedings Rules (SPRs).

GR 13, GR 30, CrR 2.2, CrR 2.3, CrR 3.2.1, CrRLJ 2.1 CrRLJ 2.3, CrRLJ 3.2.1, CrRLJ 3.6, IRLJ 6.7, RALJ 6.3.1, JuCR 7.3, and SPR 98.16W

Dec. 3, 2020

Remote Recording

GR 11.3

Dec. 3, 2020

Team Interpreting 

New GR 11.4

Dec. 3, 2020

Pleas - Written Statement 

CrR 4.2(g)

Dec. 3, 2020

AMENDED Remote Interpreting 

AMENDED ORDER: GR 11.3

Dec. 11, 2020

Suggested Amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct (RPCs)

RPC 5.5, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5

Jan. 8, 2021

Suggested Amendments to the Limited License Legal Technician Rules of Professional Conduct (LLLT RPCs)

LLLT RPC 1.0B, 1.5, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5

Jan. 8, 2021

Special Conflicts of Interest for Former and Current Government Officers and Employees RPC 1.11 [Comment 2]April 8, 2021
Court of Appeals and Court Recovery Task Force Appellate Committee Suggested Amendments to Rules of Appellate ProcedureRAP 6.3, 9.7, and New RAP 6.4

June 4, 2021

Organization as a Client and Declining or Terminating RepresentationRPC 1.13, Cmt. [4] and RPC 1.16, New Cmt. [16]

June 4, 2021

 

(effective Sept. 1, 2021)

Certifying Professional Guardians and ConservatorsGR 23

June 4, 2021

 

(effective Sept. 1, 2021)

Standards for Indigent Defense

Standard 14, CrR 3.1 stds., CrRLJ 3.1 stds., JuCR 9.2 stds., and MPR 2.1 stds.

June 4, 2021

 

(effective Sept. 1, 2021)

Mandatory Continuing Legal Education

APR 11

June 4, 2021

 

(effective Sept. 1, 2021)

Remission of Legal Financial ObligationsNew GR 39

June 4, 2021

 

(effective TBD)

Malpractice Insurance Disclosure RPC 1.4

June 4, 2021

 

(effective Sept. 1, 2021)

Nonprofit and Court-Annexed Limited Legal Service Programs RPC 6.5

June 4, 2021

 

(effective Sept. 1, 2021)

Pattern Forms - PleasCrR 4.2

Sept. 2, 2021

 

Pleas and Pretrial DispositionCrRLJ 4.2

Sept. 2, 2021

 

Monetary Penalty Schedule for InfractionsIRLJ 6.2(d)Oct. 5, 2021
Parties Plaintiff and Defendant; Capacity; Summary Judgment; Relief from Judgment and Order; Immigration StatusCRLJ 17; CRLJ 56; CRLJ 60; ER 413Oct. 5, 2021
Confidentiality of InformationRPC 1.6Oct. 5, 2021