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LCrRLJ 2.2 


(a) Warrants issued by the Court will specify whether a bond or bail may be posted to secure the release of the defendant.  A warrant for $5,000 or less may be quashed administratively by the Clerk of the Court upon the payment of a One hundred dollar warrant fee.  No-bail warrants are not subject to this procedure.  

(b) A written motion to quash any warrant may be made at any time and will be considered without a hearing.   

[Effective 1 September 2002, Amended 17 August 2007]

LCrRLJ 3.1(e)


Once an attorney has been assigned and/or has filed notice of appearance in a criminal case and a trial date has been set, that attorney may withdraw from the case only with the consent of the court for good cause shown.  If the withdrawal is mandated by the Rules of Processional Conduct, it will be granted upon the filing of a written motion and affidavit setting forth the reason.  If a represented defendant fails to appear for any hearing and the Court issues a warrant for the Defendant’s arrest, an oral motion to withdraw may then be granted by the Court.  All other motions to withdraw will be granted only upon the simultaneous substitution of counsel who is prepared to proceed on the scheduled trial date or upon the defendant’s knowing, voluntary and intelligent decision to proceed without counsel. 

[Effective 1 September 2002] [Rescinded 1 September 2016]

LCrRLJ 3.2 


(a) Surety under CrRLJ 3.2 or for any other purpose may be posted by any company and any agent authorized, licensed and/or justified to post bonds by the Washington State Department of Licensing under RCW 18.185 and by the Superior Court of Snohomish County. 

(b) When a Surety seeks remittance of a forfeited bond under RCW 10.19.140, costs of $150 shall be deducted from the amount returned, unless law enforcement files an itemization showing a higher cost of transporting, locating, apprehending or processing the return of the defendant

[Effective 1 September 2002, Revised 1 September 2016]

LCrRLJ 4.2 (i)


An order deferring prosecution under RCW 10.05 will be granted only to a petitioner who is participating in the proposed treatment plan at the time the order is entered.    

[Effective 1 September 2001.]

LCrRLJ 6.1.1


(a) Jury trials are normally held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, unless the Court otherwise directs. 

(b) No later than noon of the Tuesday preceding the jury trial date assigned, both the prosecutor and the defendant, if appearing pro se, or the defendant’s attorney, if the defendant is represented by counsel, shall contact the confirmation clerk of the Court and confirm that the case is going to proceed to jury trial as scheduled or advise the clerk that some other disposition has been reached by the parties.  Such contact may be accomplished by telephone or by facsimile.   

(c) Failure of a party to confirm a case for jury trial may cause the jury trial to be stricken.  If a party has not confirmed a case for jury trial, the opposing party need not have its witnesses present on the date of the jury trial. 

(d) Failure of a defendant, if appearing pro se, or a defendant’s attorney, if the defendant is represented by counsel, to confirm a case for jury trial shall (1) constitute good cause to continue the jury trial to the next regular jury term, and (2) constitute a waiver of the defendant’s right to speedy trial until the next regular jury term.    

(e) Dispositions of cases set for jury trial may be heard on the jury trial date. 

(f) If a case is confirmed for jury trial and does not proceed to jury trial, such that jurors and witnesses are needlessly brought into court on the date assigned, the Court may impose sanctions including, but not limited to, jury costs, witness fees, and such other terms as the Court may find appropriate and just. 

[Effective 1 September 2002, Amended 1 September 2016] 

LCrRLJ 6.15(a)


Proposed jury instructions which conform exactly to the latest edition of Washington Pattern Jury Instructions may be served and filed on the day of trial.  Proposed jury instructions which deviate in any respect from Washington Pattern Jury Instructions shall be served upon the lawyer for each party and filed with the clerk no later than ten (10) days prior to the trial date.

[Effective 1 September 2002]

LIRLJ 2.6(a)


(1) There shall be no prehearing conferences. 

(2) If the Respondent is also charged with a criminal offense arising out of the same incident as that which gives rise to an alleged civil infraction, the hearing on the infraction may be scheduled at the same time as any hearing set for the criminal matter. 

[Effective 1 September 2002, Revised 1 September 2016] 

LIRLJ 3.1 (b)


(1) In any case where the City intends to call or to rely upon the sworn statement of a local law enforcement officer, the duty to provide a list of witnesses to the Respondent may be met by providing a copy of the citing officer’s sworn statement on which the officer is identified. 

(2) No motion to dismiss or to suppress evidence will be granted for failure to provide discovery not required by IRLJ 3.1(b) unless the moving party has previously obtained an  order from the Court compelling production of the additional discovery. 

[Effective 1 September 2001.]

LIRLJ 3.3(b)


At a contested hearing, the plaintiff shall be represented by an attorney.   

[Effective 1 September 2002] 

LIRLJ 3.1(f) 


Motions challenging the authority of the Court, the constitutionality of the Court, the constitutionality of any statute,
ordinance or court rule pertaining to an infraction, the authority of the prosecuting attorney prosecuting an infraction,
and/or the authority of the law enforcement agency or officer filing an infraction must be made in writing.  Such motions,together with citations to authority and argument, must be filed with the Court and served upon the opposing party no later than fourteen days prior to a contested infraction hearing.  Such motions may be decided by the Court with or without oral argument, as the Court may determine.    



At the request of the Respondent, the Court will conduct a mitigation hearing authorized by RCW 46.63.100 or consider a petition to defer a finding under RCW 46.63.070(5), or conduct a contested hearing authorized by RCW 46.63.090, upon the written statements of the City’s witness(es) and the Respondent, pursuant to IRLJ 3.5.  A petition for a deferred finding which is denied by the Court will be treated as a request for a mitigation hearing on written statements. 

[Effective 1 September 2001; Amended effective 1 September 2002]

LIRLJ 6.6 (b)


A request for the production of an SMD expert at the contested hearing shall be made in a document separate from any and all other requests, demands and/or notices. 

[Effective 1 September 2001.]