Federal Court Update: Western District of Washington to Reinstate In-Person Trials Effective March 12, 2022

Posted by William K. Thayer | Mar 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

As we are seeing with a number of other courts, given “… the reduction in the average daily number of individuals testing positive and COVID-19 related hospitalizations…”, the United States District Court, Western District of Washington, has ordered that, effective soon, it will likewise allow somewhat of a return to more “normal” court procedures.  Per its recent order:

Effective after March 11, 2022, Order 04-22 reinstates in-person trials at the discretion of the judge, ends face mask requirements within the courthouse, and reopens the courthouse to the public for scheduled public events and tours. Most courtroom related procedures will remain at the discretion of the presiding judge. The general order has also been posted to the Western District of Washington's public website. 

By comparison, the status of the court COVID-19 special procedures yet applicable in the United States District Court, District of Oregon, appears to continue to be governed by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Marco Hernandez's Standing Order 2021-17, which remains in effect for 90 days from December 14, 2021. For details, it can be referenced here: file://capp-219/stjsae$/Users/billt_washingtonore/Downloads/2021-17%20Court%20Operations%20in%20Response%20to%20COVID-19%20(1).pdf. Presumably a new order will be forthcoming soon from the District of Oregon, just as we have just seen from the Western District of Washington.

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William K. Thayer

Bill Thayer is one of the founding partners of the Schauermann Thayer Jacobs Staples & Edwards law firm. Bill is licensed in both Oregon and Washington, and actively practiced law from 1980 to 2021. He is now "of counsel" with Schauermann Thayer and serves as an arbitrator when appointed by the courts or litigants. During his more than 40 years of active law practice, Bill advised and represented clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims and litigation, including automobile collision, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian injury and death cases, dog bite cases, construction site injury claims, and a myriad of other types of injury and death claims. While many claims were settled through negotiation or mediation, Mr. Thayer litigated, arbitrated and/or tried to verdict many cases for his clients. He continues to occasionally be appointed by courts and other lawyers to serve as an arbitrator of tort claims. Bill enjoys writing as one of his varied recreational interests when he is not working.

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