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Judge Frederick Fleming, In Memorium

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On Friday March 13, Pierce County Superior Court lost an esteemed judge and good friend, the Honorable Frederick W. Fleming.   Judge Fleming retired two years ago after serving  21 years on the Superior Court .  His tenure began in 1992 when he was elected to the position vacated by Judge E. Albert Morrison.  Prior to assuming the bench Judge Fleming served as a Pierce County Prosecutor and subsequently was in private practice.

Pierce County Superior Court to host national jury management seminar

Jury administrators from around the nation are coming to Pierce County this month for a three-day advanced training seminar.

The Virginia-based National Center for State Courts selected Pierce County’s Jury Administration Office as the host after working together on a technical assistance study. The study was complimentary of Pierce County Jury Administration operations, and also identified areas for improvement and efficiency.

“This is the first time the National Center for State Courts has held this training in Washington State and we are pleased to have been chosen to host it,” said Pierce County Superior Court Presiding Judge Frank Cuthbertson. “This will be an outstanding opportunity for the staff of our Jury Administration Office to join their counterparts from across the nation, take our jury operations to the next level and become even better at what they do.”

The seminar, to be held March 25-27, is entitled “Fair and Effective Practices in Jury Management.” It will be conducted by Paula Hannaford-Agor, director of the Center for Jury Studies at the National Center for State Courts.

The training is limited to 40 participants and the registration list includes jury managers from all over the United States, including the U.S. Territorial Court in Guam. The Pierce County Jury Administration Office has 4 participants registered for the training.

Jury operations will be temporarily relocated to Courtroom 100 on the first floor of the County-City Building to accommodate the training seminar.
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Congratulations to Judge Frank Cuthbertson and
Judge Stephanie Arend

The Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association honored Judge Cuthbertson with its 2014 Service To Diversity Award which Recognizes all aspects of diversity; optical, background, perspective, and racial.  Scott Candoo concluded in his Pierce County Lawyer magazine article: “His demeanor and humanity as well as diversity of background and perspectives provides the legal system and community of Pierce County a tremendous windfall”.

The Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association honored Judge Arend with its 2014 Outstanding Jurist Award Recipient for Her work with the YMCA Mock Trial program, Paint Tacoma Beautiful program, Judicial College, and the Pierce County Superior Court History Project.  In the Pierce County Lawyer magazine article, Paula Olson summed it up with these words:  “Judge Arend is very worthy of this Distinguished Service Award and we should all take an opportunity to congratulate and thank her for her hard work and commitment to improve our community”


Juror e-mail Scam

Residents of Pierce County have been contacted by e-mail about Notice to appear in court. The e-mail states the person is due in court March 12. There is a zip file attached to the e-mail.
Do not open it. It could be harmful to your device. 

These are fake, if you are solicited in this way, don't give these contacts any information.
Kitsap County Jury Scam Advisory
For more details about Snohomish County
Juror Scams around the country

Myths and Misperceptions about Courts
Do you wonder who the courts work for? Who can give you legal advice? To find out the answer to these and other questions check out this video - Myths and Misperceptions About the Washington Courts.

Juror Appreciation Week

New Criminal Division Presiding Judge (CDPJ) Protocols

New Mandatory Impact on Children Seminar Offered for Non-Parental Custody Petitioners

Changes to Ex Parte Procedure

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