• 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


    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.


    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)

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  • 07/29/2021 4:14 PM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    Attached is Skagit County District and Municipal Administrative Order 21-7

    Administrative Order 21-7.pdf

  • 07/26/2021 4:03 PM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    Please see attached Skagit County Superior Court Emergency Order 21-4 Effective July 23, 2021

    Emergency Administrative Order 21-4.pdf

    Superior Court Weekly Schedule_current as of July 2021.pdf

  • 06/25/2021 4:24 PM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    See attached Administrative Order 21-6

    Administrative Order 21-6.pdf

  • 06/11/2021 11:38 AM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    Skagit Legal Aid is seeking attorneys for its Housing Justice Project. See the attached announcements for a full-time and a part-time position.

    SLA RTC Full Time Staff Attorney Job Description.pdf

    SLA HJP Part Time Temporary Staff Attorney Job Description.pdf

  • 05/10/2021 11:14 PM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    We are posting the following message from Judge Laura Riquelme regarding the proposed updates to Skagit County Superior Court Local Court Rules.

    Please see the Court’s proposed updates to the Local Court Rules.  If adopted, these rules would take effect on September 1, 2021.  

    We are currently operating under emergency orders and rules, however that will not always be the case. Many of the Court’s proposed rule changes incorporate new procedures and technology that we have adopted over the last fourteen months.  We are currently operating under emergency orders that supersede our standard local rules where they conflict, but we will not always be in a state of emergency. These changes will allow us to retain some of these new procedures, particularly related to remote appearances, beyond the pandemic.  We are also adding two new parts.  One creates local juvenile court rules related to dependency cases.  The other part briefly covers language access and ADA accommodations.

    The comment period to these proposed rules is through June 10, 2021.  Comments received will be posted on the Court’s website.  All comments should be forwarded to Lisa West at  

    In addition to the proposals in these rules, the Court will be eliminating the forms appendices to the Local Court Rules.  Any forms referred to in the Local Court Rules will be posted on the Court’s website before September 1st.  References to appendix items in the current rules will be changed to refer readers to that website.

    Please see the below timelines:

    • May 17th: deadline for rule proposals from other people or groups. We will post any submitted proposals on our website and disseminate according to GR 7.
    • June 10th: deadline for comments on the Court’s proposed rules
    • June 17th: deadline for comments on any rules proposed by the public
    • September 1st: final rules take effect

     Proposed Local Court Rules 2021-2022.pdf

    LCR Forms 2021-2022.pdf


    Judge Laura Riquelme

    Skagit County Superior Court, Dept. 2

    205 W. Kincaid St.

    Room 202

    Mount Vernon, WA 98273

    (360) 416-1200

  • 05/10/2021 10:57 PM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    Skagit County Bar Association Celebrates Law Day by
    Honoring Outstanding Community Contributors

    Law Day, observed annually on May 1 for the last half-century, marks the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Law Day also provides an opportunity to recognize the role of courts in democracy and the importance of jury service to maintaining the integrity of the courts.

    Law Day programs are held across the country to help people better understand how law protects liberty and how the legal system strives to achieve justice. This year’s theme honors “Advancing the Rule of Law Now.”

    In Skagit County, Law Day was celebrated by holding a virtual Law Day Legal Clinic, where 22 volunteer attorneys and 12 non-attorney volunteers provided legal services to over 75 clients. In addition, the Skagit County Bar Association, Skagit Legal Aid, and the Liberty Bell Award Committee invited individuals involved in law and justice and members of our community to attend a Law Day Virtual Cocktail Hour and Liberty Bell Award Ceremony. The event took place on Tuesday, May 4..

    The event was a great success and included a variety of highlights. The Skagit County Bar Association President, Andy Schuh commenced the event by introducing special guests. Following this introduction, Skagit County Superior Court Judge Riquelme announced the Law Day Proclamation.

    Swinomish Tribal Court Chief, Judge Pouley and his daughter, Jessica, discussed the Land Acknowledgement, which is a formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.

    Lucy Shainin, a junior from Anacortes High School, presented a compelling poetry reading for the attendees. Shainin was recently recognized as the Washington state champion in the national poetry reciting competition, she was the top candidate of 6,000 students from 28 participating schools across the state of Washington.

    Gail Smith announced the formation of the new non-profit, Skagit Legal Aid, formally providing services as the Volunteer Lawyer Program.

    Skagit Legal Aid awarded this year’s Community Partner of the Year Award to the dedicated team at the CCS Farmworker Center, Marta Martinez Olivera and Guillermina Bazante.         

    The Skagit County Bar Association and Skagit Legal Aid also awarded the Skagit County Pro Bono Service Award (formerly known as the Volunteer of the Year Award) to Leona Bratz. Bratz is Of Counsel to LeGros Buchanan & Paul, joining the firm in November 2015. She volunteers as a pro bono attorney with the Housing Justice Project in Skagit County and Snohomish County, and she is also on the Board of Directors of the Anacortes Family Center, a homeless shelter. Most recently she was a dedicated volunteer at SLA’s Law Day Clinic.                                                   

     Leona Bratz                            

    The Skagit County Bar Association presented the 2021 Liberty Bell Award to Flora Perez-Lucatero. The Liberty Bell Award has been awarded every year since 1968, recognizing an individual who has rendered outstanding service to his or her community. Perez Lucatero is Flora Perez-Lucatero’s name will be added to the plaque on display in the Skagit County Superior Courthouse, recognizing the previous Liberty Bell Award Recipients.


    Flora Perez-Lucatero

    The keynote speaker was Chief Justice of the Washington Supreme Court, Debra L. Stephens, who inspired all the attendees to continue to provide service to our community. “Good things happen because we do good things,” said, Justice Stephens.

    "I think the event was one of the best in recent memory, despite the need to host it via Zoom due to the ongoing pandemic.  All of the award winners truly embody the spirit of Law Day and it was inspirational to hear their stories and Justice Stephens' story and to think about how real life overlaps with the privileges we enjoy in this country, as provided to us by our legal system," said Andy Schuh, Skagit County Bar Association President.

    If you have any questions about the Law Day event, celebration and the award recipients, contact Heather D. Webb at

  • 05/10/2021 10:57 PM | Luigi Colombo (Administrator)

    Skagit County Bar Association Launches Skagit Legal Aid

    A new non-profit providing free legal services has been established by the Skagit County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer Program.

    The new non-profit is called Skagit Legal Aid and offers free legal assistance to eligible low-income Skagit County residents. The program is staffed by an Attorney/Program Manager and a Legal Assistant.  Annually, Skagit County attorneys donate about 1,500 volunteer hours to nearly 500 people for more than $260,000 worth of legal services.  Attorneys provide services in areas including eviction defense and other landlord-tenant disputes, family law issues, wills and powers of attorney, post-conviction support, and limited immigration assistance with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications and renewals. Skagit Legal Aid hosts alternating biweekly legal clinics at the CCS Farmworker Center and East County Resource Center in Concrete in addition to regular virtual workshops. Staff also speak Spanish and can assist Spanish speaking clients. Translation services are available for other languages. 

    To date in 2021, the program has provided services to at least 134 clients.

    Although Skagit Legal Aid officially opens its doors on June 1, 2021, its services have been provided to Skagit County for 35 years under the name of Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program.  Since 1986, the Skagit County Bar Association has partnered with Community Action to operate the free legal services program. 

    For over thirty-five years, the Skagit County Bar Association and Community Action worked together to provide program support. Community Action provided the programs integration with its anti-poverty mission and the bar association provided legal expertise and guidance of the program and maintained the program’s connection to the local legal community.

    “We are very excited about this next step and the future of Skagit Legal Aid. We are looking forward to working with our many community partners in the effort to improve access to the courts and access to justice in Skagit County in a racially equitable manner,” said, Gail Smith, founder of the Volunteer Law Program.

    One of the clients who has been served by the program, sent a message to the volunteering attorney, stating,

    “Thank you so much! I do realize how much time and effort you're putting into this and I seriously can't convey to you just how much I appreciate your help. The last couple years have been an absolute nightmare not just for me but for my kids, my elderly parents, really my entire family. The stress has been so bad it's caused me to have some long term physical health issues. I finally feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel. So thank you, again, for bringing some peace of mind to me and a whole lot of other people that care about and depend on me.”

    Skagit Legal Aid will be funded by grants and donations from the public. It will continue to work with and support its many wonderful community partners. 

    For legal assistance, call CLEAR at 1-888-201-1014, Monday through Friday, from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  CLEAR is staffed by attorneys and paralegals who screen clients for eligibility and provides them with brief advice and services.  If further assistance is needed, CLEAR staff will refer the client to Skagit Legal Aid.  For more information, please visit the NW Justice Project website.  

    To learn more about the Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program, or make a donation to the program, contact Andy Dugan at

Skagit County Bar Association
PO Box 57, Mount Vernon WA 98273

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