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Seattle Municipal Court Bench/Bar Meetings

Posted by Kevin Trombold DUI Defense Attorney | Sep 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

SMC Bench/Bar Meeting

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Seattle Municipal Court (SMC)  Practitioners, we have been attending the Bench/Bar Meetings in Seattle Municipal Court as the representatives of the private criminal defense bar and wanted to share some things that might be relevant to your practice.

Trial Setting Order Changes: The Order on Pretrial has been changed to a “Trial Setting Order.”  The order is similar to predecessor, theykey differences are that specific motions and disclosures arepre-printed.  There is also an “Affidavit Attached” check box for thefactual declaration.  The practice from the bench is not set a motionunless the factual declaration is provided on the day the case is setfor trial; however, SMCLR 8.2.1 allows for a five day extension uponthe showing of good cause.

DUI Judgment Sentence: The DUI Judgment and Sentence form has beenmodified to incorporate the August 1st changes to RCW 46.61.5055(6).Specifically, there is an itemization for the fee associated withhaving a child under the age of 16 in the vehicle.  The form alsoincorporates a separate box for the additional six month imposition ofan IID for cases involving passengers under the age of 16.

Certification Filings for Counsel Representing Indigent Defendants:The new Supreme Court standards require each public defense attorneyto sign and file a certificate which says s/he is in compliance withall of the new standards.  Each attorney must file the certificatewith Seattle Municipal Court every quarter.  This system is scheduledto begin in SMC on October 1, 2012.

Point of Contact for SCRAM or EHM Violations: In the event that anattorney has interview questions regarding a SCRAM obligation thepoint of contact is Maria Gamboa (310) 427-0700;maria.gamboa@sentrak.com.  For questions regarding the Court’s EHMContract or the services provided for SMC contact:  Rick Hume,Probation Services Manager (206) 684-7811; richard.hume@seattle.gov

Round Table Discussion: For those practitioners who are interestedthere is a round table discussion on Chemical Dependency Treatment andEvaluation Topics. The roundtable is scheduled to take place onFriday, September 21st in the Jury Assembly Room at SMC.  This eventis being put on by SMC Probation and presentations will be made byAssessment & Treatment Associates; Lakeside Milam; Shamrock; andSunrise.  Refreshments will be served.  More information can beobtained by contacting Tonya Kelsey (206) 233-2697 ortonya.kelsey@seattle.gov .

Finally, Judge Kondo was interested in any constructive criticismsfrom the private defense bar.  Please let me know if there is anythingyou would like raised at the next bench bar meeting.

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