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Presiding Judge Frank E. CuthbertsonG. Helen Whitener appointed to Pierce County Superior Court
Gov. Jay Inslee announced that he is appointing G. Helen Whitener to Pierce County Superior Court. Whitener is replacing Judge John McCarthy who is retiring after serving 18 years on the bench.

Whitener, who is originally from Trinidad and moved to the United States while in her teens to attend college, currently serves as an appeals judge for the Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals. She presides over appeals of decisions made by the Department of Labor and Industries Administrative Law Judges. She ran her own private firm in Lakewood and Tacoma from 2005-2013 where she practiced criminal defense as well as civil contracts and small business issues. She has served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Pierce County and Island County as well as a defense attorney for the Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel.

Whitener is currently a member of the Pierce County Minority Bar Association and Tacoma Black Collective. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from City University in New York and earned her Juris Doctor at the Seattle University School of Law in Tacoma.

“Helen has dedicated her career to serving the people of Pierce County and is highly regarded for her expertise and dedication to her work,” Inslee said. “Her tremendous work as a judicial officer, prosecutor, and defense attorney will make her an exceptional addition to the bench.” New Tribune article...

Juror Phone Scam
Residents of Snohomish County have been contacted about fines for failure to appear for Jury Duty. The caller tells the victim they must immediately pay a fine to avoid issuance of an arrest warrant for failure to appear for jury duty. A couple of victims said they were contacted via email and not phone. These are fake, if you are solicited in this way, don't give these contacts money or financial information.
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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.

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On May 6th 2014 Pierce County Drug Court was visited by 20 Korean Delegates.  Our Drug Court will be serving as a model for the Korean government to learn more about how our court system helps non-violent offenders with drug addictions by offering a therapeutic drug treatment program.   For a video or the full story.

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