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  • 09/01/2022 12:19 PM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    Please see the attached memorandum regarding changes to 3.5 hearings in the District and Municipal courts of Anacortes, Burlington and Mount Vernon.

    Memorandum - 3.5 Hearing Calendar.pdf

  • 03/16/2022 2:36 PM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    Due to the Judicial Spring Conference, Skagit County Superior Court Calendars for the Week of April 25, 2022, are as follows:

    No Jury or Bench Trials the week of April 25.

    Monday, April 25: No Morning Calendars. Afternoon Calendars will proceed as normal.

    Tuesday, April 26:  Criminal Rightings will be by video at 10:30am in Superior Court.  The exparte calendar will be at 1:15pm in Superior Court.  An “emergency only” Shelter Care Calendar will be available if needed.  No Dependency, Criminal Arraignments, Domestic Violence/SAPO/VAPO, or Family Recovery Court Calendars.

    Wednesday, April 27:  No Morning Calendars.  Afternoon Calendars will proceed as normal. 

    Thursday, April 28:  No Morning Calendars.  There will be a Domestic Motions Calendar added at 1:30pm.  Afternoon Calendars will proceed as normal. 

    Friday, April 29 – No Morning Calendars.  Afternoon Calendars will proceed as normal. 

    ITA hearings will be held as usual on April 26th, April 27th, and April 29th.

  • 03/12/2022 11:49 AM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    Attached is a copy of Skagit County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order 22-3.

    Emergency Administrative Order 22-3.pdf

  • 02/03/2022 10:36 PM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    Please see attached Skagit County District and Municipal Court's Administrative Order 22-02.

    Administrative Order 22-2.pdf

  • 01/31/2022 9:09 AM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    Please see attached Skagit County Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order 22-02.

    Emergency Administrative Order 22-2.pdf

  • 01/05/2022 12:53 PM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    Please see attached Skagit County District and Municipal Courts Administrative Order 22-01.

    Administrative Order 22-1.pdf

  • 01/03/2022 9:21 PM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    Please see attached Skagit County Superior Court's Emergency Order Suspending Jury Trials Through February 4.

    Emergency Administrative Order 22-01.pdf

  • 10/13/2021 5:23 PM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    Attached is the Addendum to Administrative Order 21-11 for Skagit County District Court along with Waiver of Physical Appearance needed for virtual guilty pleas.

    Administrative Order 21-11 Addendum.pdf

    Waiver of Physical Appearance.doc

  • 08/26/2021 3:24 PM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    Skagit County Superior Court
    Emergency Administrative Order 21-5


    In light of the recent significant resurgence in COVID-19, including some exposures within the legal community, jury trials will be suspended until September 27, 2021. The judges do not take this decision lightly, but the current uptick in transmission is higher than at any prior point in the pandemic. This is a decision being made to protect the safety of everyone in the courtroom environment.

    We would like to reiterate the court’s strong preference for appearances to be remote unless absolutely necessary, as detailed in Administrative Order 21-4. In recent months, the ex parte calendar and some others have become particularly crowded. Unless you or your client do not have access to technology allowing remote appearances, the appearance must take place over Zoom. We will be strictly enforcing these measures, including distancing. We also want to remind everyone that regardless of the hearing type, anyone with a potential exposure or symptoms of COVID-19 is ordered to not appear in the courthouse. Please make sure you are having those conversations with your clients prior to any expected court appearances.

    Thank you for your patience with this ever-changing environment. We are hopeful that the community will return to safer levels of transmission so we can resume the important work of jury trials.

    Judge Laura Riquelme

    Presiding Judge


  • 08/23/2021 9:30 AM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    Attached is a copy of SCBA's Newsletter, Issue No. 3.  The text version is provided for those who cannot use the PDF file.

    SCBA Newsletter August 2021-3.pdf


    THIS ISSUE

    Registration closes soon for the2021 Annual 4 County Golf Tournament!

    All profits from this event benefit Skagit Legal Aid

    Tournament occurs August 26, 2021

    Register by August 23 on the SCBA website!


    The Skagit County Bar Association congratulates Pat Eason, who was sworn in on July 22 as our newly appointed District and Municipal Court Commissioner.


    SKAGIT LEGAL AID UPDATE

    BIG NEWS!!!

    After 35 years of providing legal services in partnership with Community Action of Skagit County, Skagit Legal Aid officially became an independent non-profit and opened its doors on June1, 2021. Their new office is located at 1202 South 2nd Street (Suite D) in Mount Vernon, although prospective clients should continue to access services by calling CLEAR at 1-888-201-1014.


    Monthly CLE

    Developments in

    Skagit County District Court

    Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    Location: Criminal Justice Center & Zoom(Hybrid option)


    Plan for Next Year:

    Identification and Preservation of Electronically Stored Information (ESI) -

    January 10, 2022

    Keep an eye out for upcoming CLEs on the new Guardianship laws (dates to be determined!)


    Volunteers still needed!

    Volunteers are still needed to help with Housing Justice Project,

    Farmworker Clinics and Concrete Clinic, as well as other projects.


    Glen C Hoff, Attorney

    April 15, 1967 - June 04, 2021

    After a brief and courageous battle with hepatorenal syndrome, Glen passed away the morning of June 4 at his Mount Vernon home. Close family members, and his two cats, attended Glen at the time of his passing.

    In addition to his two cats, Maya and Silver, Glen is survived by his brother Michael G. Hoff and wife Joan, his sister Mildred T. Hoff, his brother Peter N. Hoff and wife Lisa, his niece Amy Vetter, and nephews Eddie Richardson, Justin Hoff, Andrew Hoff and Grant Hoff. Glen is preceded in death by his parents Dianne and Peter M. Hoff, and his brother David E. Hoff.

    Glen put a lot of living into his 54 years. He was a prominent Skagit Valley trial attorney who grew up in Lynnwood, Washington. A 1985 graduate of Meadowdale High School (elected student body president),

    he went on to earn an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Washington (while completing 2 years of Naval Reserve Officer Training), and a law degree from the University of Idaho College of Law. After an internship with the Asotin County Prosecutor’s office and a few years with a couple of Seattle law firms, Glen moved to Mount Vernon in the late 1990’s and began work as a criminal defense attorney with the Skagit County Public Defender’s office, where he rose to the position of Chief Deputy Public Defender. After 10 successful years with that office, he opened his own practice in Mount Vernon. In addition to his love for practicing law, Glen was an avid outdoorsman. He was particularly adept at all kinds of fishing. Besides local outings, Glen went on many destination fishing trips to eastern Washington, Idaho, Alaska and northern British Columbia, often accompanied by family members, close friends, or both. Glen will be remembered by a lot of people for a lot of things. He was widely admired and respected for his trial skills. Fishing and Glen just went together. He travelled extensively: Rome and Thailand were two more recent excursions, and he indulged himself and travelling companions with occasional trips to southern California (Santa Anita), Nevada (Reno/Las Vegas), and Hawaii. He was an excellent cook and enjoyed hosting dinner parties with friends. He was generous with his time, spending many volunteer hours in support of the Rotary and other community/charitable organizations, and providing free legal assistance for clients that could not afford it. The Swinomish tribe honored Glen with a “Blanket Ceremony” for volunteer legal work he performed on behalf of tribal members. He was active in local theater, most recently doing a turn as the high school principal in META’s production of “Stand and Deliver”. He made a name for himself on the local karaoke circuit with his rendition of Elvis’ “American Trilogy”. His wit was both sharp and disarming, and his charm was warm and genuine. He did not seek the spotlight, but he knew what to do when the light shone on him – he will be greatly missed.

    Please consider a donation in Glen’s name to one of the following organizations: META Performing Arts,

    NOAH animal shelter, or Skagit Valley Land Trust. (From the Hawthorne Funeral Home website)


    Local Bar Updates

    Have an update such as a new hire, office move, work anniversary or retirement?

    Let Maren (marena@co.skagit.wa.us) know for inclusion in the newsletter!


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