How are court cases numbered?

The clerk assigns each criminal case a number upon filing. The number will begin with a two-digit indicator of the year in which the case was filed, followed by a hyphen and the individualized case number of five digits, followed by another hyphen and the number assigned to each particular defendant in the case.

Are Washington courts open?

COVID-19 Emergency. The court building will be closed to the public however the court will hold all scheduled hearings telephonically. Please call to contact the court with any questions. As of August 31, 2020, all hearings will be done virtually unless ordered in person by the Judge.

What circuit is Washington State?

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. (9th Cir.)

What are the Supreme Court circuits?

Five circuits have established panels: First Circuit, Sixth Circuit, Eighth Circuit, Ninth Circuit, and Tenth Circuit.

Who is in charge of the Supreme Court?

John Roberts

Who assigns Supreme Court circuits?

Each of the thirteen federal circuit courts is assigned one Supreme Court Justice who then considers certain appeals (e.g., emergency requests and other matters) from his or her assigned circuit while other aspects of the case are still pending. The Chief Justice of the United States is responsible, under 28 U.S.C.

What is Title 28 United States Code section 42?

Allotment of Supreme Court justices to circuits. The Chief Justice of the United States and the associate justices of the Supreme Court shall from time to time be allotted as circuit justices among the circuits by order of the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice may make such allotments in vacation.

What does Title 28 of the United States Code deal with?


What is a circuit justice?

A circuit justice is primarily responsible for emergency requests (for example, an application to block an execution or allow it to go forward) from the geographic area covered by his or her circuit, as well as more mundane matters – for example, a request to extend the time to file a petition for review.

Is Circuit Court state or federal?

The federal court system has three main levels: district courts (the trial court), circuit courts which are the first level of appeal, and the Supreme Court of the United States, the final level of appeal in the federal system.

What types of cases do circuit courts hear?

Circuit Court Circuit Courts generally handles more serious criminal cases, major civil cases, including juvenile and other family law cases such as divorce, custody and child support and most cases appealed from the District Court, orphans' courts and certain administrative agencies.

Why do cases go to circuit court?

The circuit courts are intermediate appellate courts. They only handle cases where a party argues that a district court judge made an error in handling their case. For example, if a jury verdict goes against a party, the party cannot directly appeal the verdict, because a jury verdict is final.

Where are felony cases heard?

They are often called municipal, magistrate, or police courts. Courts of unlimited jurisdiction commonly hear felony cases. Depending on the state, these courts are usually called superior, district, circuit, or general-sessions courts. If convicted, defendants may appeal their cases to appellate courts.

What percentage of trials end in guilty?

The conservative estimate seems to be that over 90% of cases end in guilty pleas. The United States Courts website estimates that more than 90% of federal cases resolve this way. A 2012 New York Times article reported that 97% of federal cases and 94% of state cases end via plea bargain.

What percentage of defendants are found guilty?

Nearly 80,000 people were defendants in federal criminal cases in fiscal 2018, but just 2% of them went to trial. The overwhelming majority (90%) pleaded guilty instead, while the remaining 8% had their cases dismissed, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data collected by the federal judiciary.

How long can police hold you before arraignment?

Despite the Supreme Court ruling that initial appearances that are combined with probable cause hearings must be held within 48 hours of arrest, many jurisdictions provide a 72-hour window for arraignment. This allows for the timely arraignment of defendants nabbed over the weekend.

How long can you be detained without charges?

48 hours

How long after arraignment is sentencing?

If you are being held in custody on a misdemeanor charge, you are entitled to a trial date no later than 30 days following the date you were arraigned or entered a plea, whichever is later. If you are not being held in custody, the court must set trial within 45 days following your arraignment or plea.

How long do police have to charge you?

The police can hold you for up to 24 hours before they have to charge you with a crime or release you.