|January 25||Temple of Justice, Olympia|
|February 22||Temple of Justice, Olympia|
|March 15||Temple of Justice, Olympia|
|April 19||Two Union Square, Seattle|
|May 17||Two Union Square, Seattle|
|June 21||Possibly in Yakima|
|July 19||Two Union Square, Seattle|
|August 16||Two Union Square, Seattle|
|September 20||Two Union Square, Seattle|
|October 6||Fall Conference Location|
|November 15||Two Union Square, Seattle|
|December 20||Joint Meeting with CMC/Location TBA|
It was moved and seconded to approve the meeting schedule as amended. The motion passed unanimously.
Presiding Judge Rule
Judge Riehl directed attention to the draft proposed rule and comparison of presiding judge rule provisions.
Judge Fleck reviewed her memorandum regarding proposed changes to the presiding judge rule.
Judge Fleck indicated she's concerned about the broad sweep of the rule, which has the potential of upsetting the balance of the policy decisions made through the King County Superior Court's Executive Committee. Further, in King County Superior Court, the assistant presiding judge functions differently than does the proposed acting presiding judge. Judge Fleck continued, the budget committee should be comprised of the executive committee and other members of the bench, as set by local court rule. In addition, the responsibilities for the allocation of the court's resources should be placed with the budget committee or another committee as designated by local court rule. To avoid misuse of power by the presiding judge, the court should establish general policies governing the assignment of judges. Another area of concern deals with the evaluation of the court administrator, which Judge Fleck feels should be handled by local court rule.
The Board continued discussion on the proposed rule changes. Due to the number of concerns expressed by the members, the Board agreed to establish a small committee to review the proposed rule. Judge Riehl agreed to chair the group consisting of Judge Fleck, Judge Hogan, Judge McSeveney and a member of the King County District Court. The group will be prepared to present their recommended changes at the November 30 BJA meeting.
Portability Status Report
Chief Justice Alexander reported that he continues to meet with the editorial boards of the newspapers around the state. He has also met with WACO, WSTLA, WADTL, WSBA and WAPA. He indicated the meeting with WAPA did not go well and their board did not endorse the constitutional amendment. Chief Justice Alexander indicated the best endorsement is from the senior citizens lobby. The Chief will continue meeting with organizations and associations as requested.
Jury Commission Status Report
This report will be given during the November meeting.
Court of Appeals
Judge Seinfeld advised the Fall Conference opening reception will be held at Division's II remodeled facility. The judges will be given an opportunity to view the new courtroom.
Superior Court Judges' Association
Judge Harris reported that the SCJA has completed its review of the guardian ad litem rules and forwarded its comments to the Supreme Court.
Judge Harris advised the SCJA Best Practices Committee is working with the National Center for State Courts on a possible collaboration on a study of establishing an updated method to estimate the need for judicial officers. One area for study is the amount of time trial courts take to deal with pro se litigants. Judge Harris indicated that the study will probably take a year to complete.
Judge Culp advised the DMCJA letter of support for ESJR 8208 has been mailed to Chief Justice Alexander.
Access to Justice
Judge Tripp reported since the last meeting, an additional $25,000 has been secured for the legal needs study: $15,000 from the Department of CTED and $10,000 from the National League Services Corporation.
Judge Tripp requested that BJA join with ATJ as proponents for a new GR 27 rule (courthouse facilitators). The Board was advised that the GR9 deadline for the submission of rules to the Supreme Court Rules Committee is October 15. Due to the short time frame, he advised that the ATJ will submit the rule to the Supreme Court without BJA's endorsement.
The Board briefly discussed the proposal. They agreed due to the short time frame, action could not be taken during today's meeting. The Board agreed to put the courthouse facilitator rules over to November's meeting.
Mr. Carlisle gave the members copies of "News Flash for WSBA Leadership," a publication of the WSBA. In the future, the Bar will provide AOC with issues to be included in BJA packets.
The at-large governors were elected and sworn-in during the annual meeting. The Young Lawyers Division representative to the BOG was sworn-in in Vancouver.
The Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection Gifts for clients who lost money due to misconduct has increased the amount for disbursement without BOG approval from $3,000 to $10,000. The maximum amount for disbursement from the account was increased from $30,000 to $50,000.
The Supreme Court approved for limited dissemination for comment the proposed rule for mandatory continuing education.
The Supreme Court has provided $75,000 in support of trial court coordination councils and a dedicated research position in support of BJA.
Judge Riehl reported that he had recently attended Montana's annual judicial conference. As part of that conference, the Montana Supreme Court heard cases before all of the judges. A large majority of the judges had never seen a Supreme Court oral argument. A law professor was present and talked about the case and also provided a brief case history.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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