Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

The mission of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is to foster the integrity, independence and expertise of criminal defense lawyers; to support the criminal defense community through education and the exchange of information; to promote the fair and just administration of criminal justice; and to ensure due process and defend the rights secured by law for all persons accused of crime.

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News & Information

Washington Supreme Court issues uniform closure order for all state courts

The order, jointly drafted by criminal defense lawyers and prosecutors, was issued the evening of March 18.

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WACDL and other organizations request an emergency order from the Washington Supreme Court in response to COVID-19

WACDL and other organizations request an emergency order from the Washington Supreme Court in response to COVID-19

Several Washington courts continue to require court appearances during the ongoing crisis and many inmates in correctional facilities are at a heightened risk of illness.

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New Hope Act forms now available to download

You can download forms from Civil Survival's website to help you vacate your misdemeanor or felony conviction.

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WACDL Quick Reference Guides on Sale

WACDL Quick Reference Guides on Sale

Get 50% off our reference publications. (Member login required.)

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Washington considers faster pathways to restoring rights after felony convictions

Crosscut: Three proposals in the state Legislature seek to help those with past convictions volunteer in schools, clear their records and earn their right to vote back faster.

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Bill would curtail solitary confinement for detained kids

Everett Daily Herald: The new state law would make an exception for children at risk of harming themselves or others.

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Florida Can’t Bar Ex-Felons From Voting Just Because They’re Poor, Appeals Court Rules

Slate: Florida may not prohibit ex-felons from voting merely because they can’t afford to pay court fines and fees, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled...

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Annual Conference Jun 11, 2020 - Jun 13, 2020 — Campbell's Resort, Chelan, WA
WACDL Tweets

Extraordinary times, extraordinary collaboration. WA Supreme Court signs off on court closure order jointly drafted… https://t.co/CWHg9ww7sm

Thurston County Superior and District courts escalated their response to the COVID-19 pandemic in emergency orders. https://t.co/oQV94B2eAL

UPDATED: our proposed supreme court court order to address criminal court business in light of the COVID-19 crisis. https://t.co/vSS5ArBAms

RT @SentencingProj: Officials at every political level need to seriously consider measures such as commuting some incarcerated people's sen…

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