WSR 02-13-015

RULES OF COURT

STATE SUPREME COURT


[ June 6, 2002 ]

IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT TO SPRC 2 )

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ORDER

NO. 25700-A-736


The Office of Public Defense having recommended the adoption of the proposed amendment to SPRC 2, and the Court having considered the amendment and comments submitted thereto, and having determined that the proposed amendment will aid in the prompt and orderly administration of justice;

Now, therefore, it is hereby

ORDERED:

(a) That the amendment as attached hereto is adopted.

(b) That the amendment will be published in the Washington Reports and will become effective January 1, 2003.

DATED at Olympia, Washington this 6th day of June 2002.
Sanders, J.


Smith, J.


Alexander, C. J.


Johnson, J.


Bridge, J.


Madsen, J.


Chambers, J.


Ireland, J.


Owens, J.



Suggested Rule Change

SUPERIOR COURT SPECIAL PROCEEDINGS RULES-CRIMINAL (SPRC 2)



Rule 1. SCOPE OF RULES

(a) Except as otherwise stated, these rules apply to all stages of proceedings in criminal cases in which the death penalty has been or may be decreed. These rules do not apply in any case in which imposition of the death penalty is no longer possible.

(b) Except when inconsistent with these rules, the Superior Court Criminal Rules and the Rules of Appellate Procedure shall continue to apply in capital cases.

Rule 2. APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL

At least two lawyers shall be appointed for the trial and also for the direct appeal. The trial court shall retain responsibility for appointing counsel for trial. The Supreme Court shall appoint counsel for the direct appeal. Notwithstanding RAP 15.2 (f) and (h), the Supreme Court will determine all motions to withdraw as counsel on appeal.

A list of attorneys qualified for appointment in death penalty trials and for appeals will be recruited and maintained by a panel created by the Supreme Court. All counsel for trial and appeal must have demonstrated the proficiency and commitment to quality representation which is appropriate to a capital case. At least one Both counsel at trial must have five years' experience in the practice of criminal law, (and) be familiar with and experienced in the utilization of expert witnesses and evidence, and not be presently serving as appointed counsel in another active trial level death penalty case, and be learned in the law of capital punishment by virtue of training or experience. (At least) Oone counsel must be, and both may be, qualified for appointment in capital trials on the capital panel's list, unless circumstances exist such that it is in the defendant's interest to appoint otherwise qualified counsel learned in the law of capital punishment by virtue of training or experience. The trial court shall make findings of fact if good cause is found for not appointing list counsel.

At least one counsel on appeal must have three years' experience in the field of criminal appellate law and be learned in the law of capital punishment by virtue of training or experience. A list of attorneys qualified for appointment in death penalty trials and for appeals will be recruited and maintained by a panel created by the Supreme Court. In appointing counsel for trial and on appeal, the trial court and the Supreme Court will consider this the list. A list of attorneys qualified for appointment in death penalty trials and for appeals will be recruited and maintained by a panel created by the Supreme Court list. However, the courts, but will have the final discretion in the appointment of counsel. in capital cases.

Comment


If the period of time for filing the death notice has passed, and the death notice has not been filed, the court may then reduce the number of attorneys to one to proceed with the murder trial.

Reviser's note: The typographical errors in the above material occurred in the copy filed by the State Supreme Court and appear in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office