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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2016 Annual Conference Jun 09, 2016 - Jun 11, 2016 — Chelan, Washington
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