Updated: April 19, 2022

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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

Time for Trial - Amended 3/3/2022

CrRLJ 3.3

Presence of the Defendant - Amended 3/3/2022

CrRLJ 3.4

On Nov. 3, 2021, the Court issued the following rule orders:

Topic

Rule(s)

Suggested Amendments to Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct (ELC)

ELC 3.4, 4.1, 4.3, 5.1, 5.3, 5.7, 7.2, 14.3, and 15.1

Time for Trial

 

CrR 3.3

Decisions of the Superior Court that may be Appealed

RAP 2.2

Transmittal of Record of Proceedings

RALJ 6.2

Extension and Reduction of Time

RALJ 10.3

Lawyer's Fees and Expenses

RALJ 11.2

Application of Other Court Rules

RALJ 11.7

Suggested Amendments to Civil Rules for Courts of Limited Jurisdiction

CRLJ 4, 8, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 25, 40, 41, 43, 44.1, 46, 47, 49, 51, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 73, and 75

On Dec. 6, 2021, the Court issued the following rule orders: 

Topic

Rule(s)

Pleas

CrR 4.2(g)

Suggested Amendments to Code for Judicial Conduct

CJC Canon 2, Rules 2.2 and 2.6

CJC Canon 2, Rule 2.3 Cmt [3]

Mandatory Continuing Judicial Education

GR 26

Verbatim Report of Proceedings

RAP 9.2

Preparation and Filing of Brief by Party

RAP 10.4

Personal Restraint Petition

 RAP 16.9

Who Decides a Motion

RAP 17.2

Violation of Rules

RAP 18.9

New GR and Suggested Amendments to CrR 3.1, JuCR 9.2, CrRLJ 3.1

New GR [42], CrR 3.1, JuCR 9.2, and CrRLJ 3.1

Subpoenas

CrRLJ 4.8

Probation

CrRLJ 7.6

Licensed Legal Intern

APR 9

Interpreter Commission

GR 11.1

Remote Interpretation 

 GR 11.3

Law Clerk Program - Amended 12/7/2021

APR 6

Comments Due June 30, 2022

On March 31, 2022, the Court issued the following rule orders:

Topic

Rule(s)

Presiding Judge in Superior Court District and Limited Jurisdiction Court District

GR 29

Informal Relations Trial (Revised Proposal)

New GR 40

Comments Due August 31, 2022

On March 31, 2022, the Court issued the following rule orders:

Topic

Rule(s)

Suggested Amendments to Infraction Rules for Courts of Limited Jurisdiction, New IRLJ 3.5, and Suggested Repeal of IRLJ 4.2

IRLJ 1.2, 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 5.1, New IRLJ 3.5, Suggested Repeal of IRLJ 4.2

Comments Due April 30, 2023

On March 31, 2022, the Court issued the following rule orders:

Topic

Rule(s)

Notice of Court Dates to Defendant

CrR 4.11 and CrRLJ 4.11

Signatures

CrR 4.12 and CrRLJ 4.12

Injunctions

CR 65

Conflict of Interest: Current Clients: Specific Rules

RPC 1.8

Pronouns

New General Rule

 

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 
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
Transcript of Electronic RecordRALJ 6.3.1Nov. 3, 2021
Entry of Decision, Issuance of Mandate, and Enforcement of JudgmentRALJ 9.2Nov. 3, 2021
Legal Financial ObligationsNew GR 39Dec. 3, 2021
Remote InterpretationGR 11.3March 31, 2022
Access to Court Records; Indictment and the InformationGR 31 and CrR 2.1March 31, 2022
Access to Court RecordsGR 31March 31, 2022
Rule for Certifying Professional Guardians and Conservators GR 23March 31, 2022