May 28, 2020
COVID-19 Pandemic Blues
Since the governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order put us into essential lockdown on March 16th, we have mostly operated remotely. Our doors are closed to in-person meetings until further notice until we can set up appropriate measures to maintain social distancing and sanitizing precautions.
The best way to reach us is probably text message using 360-399-6440 (texts only). We are doing our best to be up and running, but please understand that it is very difficult to operate “normally” due to the pandemic.
Skagit County Courthouse went into a very tight lockdown in March, and had almost no hearings (if any) between March 16th and April 17th. Anything that was not an emergency was cancelled by the Court, including civil trials.
The US Constitution protects a criminal defendant’s right to speedy trial, so a bottleneck of civil trials has built up, and continues to build, while all criminal matters are given priority to advance through the system. There is nothing we can do about this, and it is the case in all counties where we practice (Skagit, Snohomish, Whatcom).
A lot can be done via telephone and computer, and we encourage electronic contact to try and continue our work together. You can always reach out to us electronically, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.