Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

WACDL was formed to improve the quality and administration of justice.  WACDL has over 900 members – private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, and related professionals committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal justice system.

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News & Information

State v. Chad Duncan (No. 90188-1)

On April 28, 2016 the WSSC issued its opinion in this case. WACDL had previously signed on to an amicus brief concerning imposition of costs without the court making an individualized finding that the defendant had the ability to pay.

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WACDL Board of Governors Nominations

WACDL’s Nominating Committee has developed its slate of nominees for Board of Governor positions that will begin in June of 2016.

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Notice Regarding Possible Incomplete JIS Data From Odyssey Courts

This memo (March 9, 2016) from the Administrative Office for the Courts addresses problems getting court info from Franklin, Lewis, Thurston and Yakima counties.

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Upcoming Events
Cutting the Feds Down to Size May 06, 2016 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM — 1111 3rd Ave 23rd Floor Conference Room
Federal Bar: How Criminal Cases Impact Immigrants' Rights May 11, 2016 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM — 19th floor conference room at USDC 700 Stewart Street, Seattle
2016 Annual Conference Jun 09, 2016 - Jun 11, 2016 — Chelan, Washington
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Justice Breyer assails capital punishment: https://t.co/viJOXSpENi

NYT article on federal reentry efforts: https://t.co/P0B8jBJkSg

RT @GovInslee: It's Nat'l Reentry Week, and tomorrow I'm signing an exec. order to implement effective changes to stop recidivism. https://…

Concerned about veteran with PTSD, a NC judge orders him to jail and serves the time with him: https://t.co/CL7HxUWeoi