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  • 03/25/2020 2:49 PM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    Please see attached Emergency Order

    Superior Court Emergency Order No.4.pdf

  • 03/23/2020 6:42 PM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    Please see attached emergency order from Skagit County Superior Court, which supersedes the prior emergency orders issued by the Court.

    Superior Court Emergency Order No. 3.pdf

  • 03/20/2020 4:31 PM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    Please see attached Emergency Order for Skagit County District Court and the local Municipal Courts

    Administrative Order 20-3.pdf

  • 03/19/2020 4:51 PM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    To the members of SCBA and any attorneys practicing in Skagit County Superior Court:

    In a very brief window of time, the entire State of Washington has had to adjust to being the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. I can think of other forms of notoriety I would prefer. As matters have rapidly progressed, our grocery stores have been inundated by hordes of concerned people who seek to obtain supplies to see them through and our restaurants, bars, recreational facilities, and meeting places have been shuttered and our schools have been closed. The Courts have remained open.

    The emergency conditions have caused extreme changes in our operations. Our earlier Orders have now been superceded by the Supreme Court’s Order (see attached). Barring emergent Civil matters and In Custody criminal matters, this Order leaves us a very narrow swath of cases we can hear. I expect to revise Skagit County Superior Court’s Order to reflect the terms of the Supreme Court’s Order and to give clarity on what we still can hear and how we will hear it. We will be in touch as soon as we can be with the new changes. In any event, all Emergency Orders are posted on our website.

    The Judges and Superior Court Staff appreciate the understanding and cooperation the Skagit County Bar has shown in this Emergency.

    David Svaren, Presiding Judge

    Supreme Court Emergency Order re CV19 031820.pdf

  • 03/13/2020 11:58 AM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    Unfortunately, due to the current lack of staffing and volunteers in the Volunteer Lawyer Program, the Housing Justice Project will be temporarily suspended through April 24.

    We will be sending a call out to all members to assist in the recruitment of a Program Manager candidate. We will be offering a $1,000 finder’s fee to anyone who finds a candidate who fills the position beyond three months.

    Additionally, we need volunteers to assist with the HJP when it opens up again on May 1. Please let us know if you are available.

    Additionally, we are monitoring whether or not the Law Day Clinic should continue as scheduled. We will know more in the week to come and will update everyone at that time.

  • 03/09/2020 4:17 PM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    INFORMATION REGARDING NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

    Due to the recent cases of the COVID-19 virus in nearby counties, Skagit County Superior Court and the Skagit County Facilities Management Division are undertaking daily applications of disinfectant throughout the courthouse.  Additionally, hand sanitizer dispensers are located on the first and second floors of the Courthouse. While we are using our best efforts to keep the Courthouse a safe environment, you are reminded to wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your face and stay home if you are sick.

    TO JURORS:

    Thank you for your willingness to serve.  Our society is based on the rule of law and the Courts cannot stop functioning during this challenging time.  Skagit County Superior Court is committed to performing our Constitutional duties while protecting the safety and security of our community.  

    Until further notice, you are excused from jury service if you meet any of the following criteria:

    • You have a chronic health condition such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes;

    • You are pregnant;

    • You have a weakened immune system; or

    • You are sick or have recently been in contact with someone who is sick. 

    Please contact Superior Court at (360) 416-1200 if you are requesting to be excused for any of the above reasons.

  • 02/21/2020 2:40 PM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    The Judges will be moving from a weekly civil/criminal rotation to quarterly (every three months).  The goal is to provide provide increased consistency and stability to the criminal and civil rotations. The civil rotation Judge will also take over the Juvenile Offender Calendar and the Protection Orders Calendar.

    The Protection Orders calendar will be moved from Tuesday mornings to Tuesday afternoons (1:30 PM).

    In an effort to reduce the amount of cases on the Friday morning Criminal Calendar, the Court is creating an out of custody Arraignment calendar on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 AM. Please docket any out of custody arraignments to this calendar beginning on April 7th.

    Attached is a template of the new calendar with color highlights as to each schedule.

    You may address any questions related to this announcement to

    Lisa West, Administrator
    Skagit County Superior and Juvenile Courts
    Superior Court: 360-416-1206
    Juvenile Court: 360-416-1225

    Weekly Court Schedule 4-2020.pdf

  • 01/13/2020 11:40 AM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    We regret to inform you that SCBA's Free CLE scheduled for 01/13/2020, titled "Low Bono, Unbundled Services, Limited Scope Representation" has been canceled due to snow.

  • 08/29/2019 10:25 AM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    Skagit County BAR:

    It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Heather Shand to serve as Superior Court Commissioner. Heather received her B.A. in Sociology with a Minor in Society and Justice at the University of Washington in June, 1998 and subsequently received her Juris Doctor Law Degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in December, 2000. Additionally, Heather received her Masters of Law from the University of Washington specializing in Taxation in June, 2004. Heather has served in the capacity of Pro-Tem Judge for District Court as well as Pro-Tem Commissioner for Superior Court and has experience in family law including adoptions, guardianships, probates, business, taxation and estate planning. With Heather’s broad experience we anticipate a smooth transition with a tentative start date of September 30th.

    More information regarding an official swearing-in ceremony is forthcoming.

    Best always,

    Lisa West, Administrator
    Skagit County Superior and Juvenile Courts
    Superior Court: 360-416-1206
    Juvenile Court: 360-416-1225

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