The Rural Courts Committee is charged with:
- Reviewing the impact of state-mandated programs, court rules and legislation on rural courts.
- Reviewing caseflow management in rural courts, including the relative benefits of state-operated programs versus locally-developed approaches.
- Considering court administration unique to rural courts, including the concerns of multi-county judicial districts and the sharing of judicial resources.
- Reviewing the effect of canons of judicial conduct in rural courts.
- Considering the administration of recusal/removal process in rural courts.
- Considering enhancement of local/regional availability of resources in rural courts.
- Developing means to assist rural judges in dealing with isolation, visibility and stress inherent in rural judicial service.
- Developing minimum standards for rural courts for funding, staffing and court operations.
- Reviewing means to improve jury administration in rural courts.
- Exploring means to provide legal services for indigent litigants and affidavits for establishing indigency in rural courts.
- Establishing a clearinghouse for tried and proven procedures for rural courts.
- Inquiring into ways of representing the interests, improving the relationships in behalf of rural courts with local and state legislative.
Committee Chair – Judge John Hotchkiss
|Judge Donald E. Eaton||Judge Donald E. Eaton|
|Judge Marilyn K. Haan||Judge Alan R. Hancock|
|Judge Gary Libey||Judge John F. Strohmaier|
Administrative Office of the Courts
PO Box 41170
Olympia, WA 98504-1170