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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Washington Supreme Court issues order extending the court closure

The order was issued on May 29, 2020 and is available here.

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Cabin fever special: 50% off CLE videos for WACDL members

The discount is good through July 30, 2020. Click through for more information.

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Justice Department secretly undermines its policy to release low risk offenders during pandemic

Propublica: Celebrity prisoners like former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort have been granted home detention, but a secret Bureau of Prisons policy has kept all but 1.8% of federal inmates behind bars, where the virus rages.

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A New Supreme Court Justice Could Swing Criminal Justice Decisions in Washington

The Appeal: What G. Helen Whitener does next will shape whether Washington State moves in a more progressive direction.

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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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