WSR 11-01-014



[ December 2, 2010 ]





NO. 25700-A-965

The Court on its own motion having recommended the adoption of the proposed amendments to CrRLJ 4.2 (e) and (f), and the Court having determined that the proposed amendments will aid in the prompt and orderly administration of justice and further determined the need for expedited adoption;

Now, therefore, it is hereby


(a) That the amendments as shown below are adopted.

(b) That the amendments will be published expeditiously and become effective upon publication.

DATED at Olympia, Washington this 2nd day of December, 2010.
Madsen, C.J.

C. Johnson, J.

Owens, J.

Alexander, J.

Fairhurst, J.

Sanders, J.

J. M. Johnson, J.

Chambers, J.

Stephens, J.

RULE CrR 4.2


(a) Types. A defendant may plead not guilty, not guilty by reason of insanity, or guilty.

(b) Multiple Offenses. Where the indictment or information charges two or more offenses in separate counts, the defendant shall plead separately to each.

(c) Pleading Insanity. Written notice of an intention to rely on the insanity defense, and/or a claim of present incompetency to stand trial, must be filed at the time of arraignment or within 10 days thereafter, or at such later time as the court may for good cause permit. All procedures concerning the defense of insanity or the competence of the defendant to stand trial are governed by RCW 10.77.

(d) Voluntariness. The court shall not accept a plea of guilty, without first determining that it is made voluntarily, competently and with an understanding of the nature of the charge and the consequences of the plea. The court shall not enter a judgment upon a plea of guilty unless it is satisfied that there is a factual basis for the plea.

(e) Agreements. If the defendant intends to plead guilty pursuant to an agreement with the prosecuting attorney, both the defendant and the prosecuting attorney shall, before the plea is entered, file with the court their understanding of the defendant's criminal history, as defined in RCW 9.94A.030. The nature of the agreement and the reasons for the agreement shall be made a part of the record at the time the plea is entered. The validity of the agreement under RCW 9.94A.090431 may be determined at the same hearing at which the plea is accepted.

(f) Withdrawal of Plea. The court shall allow a defendant to withdraw the defendant's plea of guilty whenever it appears that the withdrawal is necessary to correct a manifest injustice. If the defendant pleads guilty pursuant to a plea agreement and the court determines under RCW 9.94A.090431 that the agreement is not consistent with (1) the interests of justice or (2) the prosecuting standards set forth in RCW 9.94A.430-.460401-.411, the court shall inform the defendant that the guilty plea may be withdrawn and a plea of not guilty entered. If the motion for withdrawal is made after judgment, it shall be governed by CrR 7.8.

(g) Unchanged.

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

Washington State Code Reviser's Office