Clark County Courts Adopt New Measures For COVID-19

Posted on by Thomas Carley
Criminal Defense Attorney Vancouver Washington
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Clark County Court Approach to COVID-19

The Clark County courts have taken new measures to address COVID-19. For most people, this means that the court has cancelled their previously scheduled court hearings until at least May 1, 2020. If you have a pending court matter, feel free to contact our office or the court to discuss your options.

Additionally, the Clark County District Court has taken other measures to ensure the health and safety of those working in the justice system. These include:

  • Cancelling all out-of-custody matters and rescheduling to at least May 1, 2020. It is important that you have updated contact information with the court, because the court will send you a Summons in the mail with your future rescheduled court hearing
  • All criminal trials rescheduled until after May 1, and all civil trials rescheduled until after June 30, 2020
  • Infraction hearings will be scheduled to a later date
  • All civil ex-parte motions will be continued to be heard on the briefings (without oral argument) or by telephone
  • Small Claims, Impound hearings, and Name Changes will be scheduled past May 31, 2020 unless an emergency exception is granted by the judge upon written request to the judge. These may be done telephonically
  • In-custody matters will be held strictly via video
  • No contact orders, anti-harassment orders and petitions to modify current orders will still be held
  • In an attempt to observe social distancing, the court will employ telephonic hearings to the extent feasible, and a party’s failure to attend a telephonic hearing will be treated the same as failing to attend a court date

The entire District Court Emergency Order can be read here.

Similarly, the Clark County Superior Court issued its own Emergency Order, which includes:

  • All criminal and civil jury trials to be postponed until at least April 27, 2020
  • Most criminal hearings, except first appearances, arraignments, changes of plea, sentencings, and bail reviews will be postponed until April 27
  • The court will allow liberal use of telephonic hearings for civil and family law matters
  • All settlement conferences and truancy matters are postponed until further notice

The entire Super Court Emergency Order can be read here.

If you need assistance or guidance with your court case, contact us for more information.

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