BJA: Project 2001
February 11, 2000
Project 2001 Committee Minutes
Members present: Paul W. Steere, co-chair; Judge Tom Swayze (retired), co-chair; Chief Justice Richard P. Guy; Judge Ronald E. Cox; Judge Sara Derr; Judge Michael Donohue; Judge Robert L. Harris; Judge James M. Murphy; Judge Michael Roewe; and Judge Jeff Tolman
Guest present: Judge Peter Lukevich
Staff present: Jude Cryderman; Chuck Foster; Doug Haake; Janet McLane; Yvonne Pettus and Mary McQueen
Judge Swayze welcomed everyone. He introduced Mr. Paul W. Steere. Judge Swayze provided a brief introduction of why the committee was established.
Chief Justice Guy described his vision for the project committee. He reported on the meeting with legislators. He reported there was no indication by the legislators that funding would be available for any of the proposals put forth by the judiciary.
Judge Swayze said he had an unpleasant feeling during the meeting with the legislators. He said he perceived a distance between the two branches of government.
Each member was asked to introduce themselves.
Mr. Steere briefly reviewed the preamble, which sets out the mission of the committee. The committee approved the preamble as distributed.
He advised that the legislators are concerned about unserved warrants, along with alternative dispute resolution programs such as JAMS.
Review of Materials
Ms. McQueen reviewed the documents provided in the Committee notebooks.
Ms. McQueen advised the committee of the National Center for State Court's willingness to assist with this project through video or teleconferencing. The committee agreed that at some point receiving assistance from the NCSC would be of benefit.
Ms. McQueen reported a grant application has been submitted to the State Justice Institute to pay for costs associated with the Project. She continued, grant money could be used for: 1) GMA to conduct pubic opinion polls; 2) GMA conducting focus groups; or 3) holding a "town hall" meeting with the assistance of TVW. Ms. McQueen will keep the committee apprised of the progress of the SJI grant.
Finalize Committee Structure and Membership
The committee reviewed the proposed membership list. The committee agreed the membership should be kept to a manageable size. Additional organizations would be contacted for membership on the subcommittees. Further, it was the consensus that Chief Justice Guy, Mary McQueen, Judge Swayze and Paul Steere would contact people to be adjunct members.
Task Assignment/Work Plan
During discussion the following resources were requested
After considerable discussion, five subcommittees were established:
Problem areas include:
The committee also requested a section by section bill analysis.
The next meeting was set for March 3 in the SeaTac area.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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