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‘Verge of collapse’: Washington public defenders swamped by cases

January 24, 2024
Jerry Cornfield, Washington State Standard

The pandemic worsened persistent challenges for public defenders — rising caseloads, growing trial backlogs and increasing departures — and for defendants.

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Local courts work to catch up on COVID-backlog delays in delivering justice

July 23, 2021
Matt Benoit

Courts in Whatcom County are trying to regain the flow of delivering justice that was in play prior to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown — and the recovery is proceeding differently at each level of the court system.

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