CourtWatch

HB 2033 / SB 6151 Why KCSARC is Proposing Change

Improving protections for sexual assault victims

Since KCSARC’s CourtWatch program was founded in 2010, an area of focus for has been Sexual Assault Protection Orders (SAPOs). Over the past 6 years, we’ve tracked nearly 600 SAPO cases filed in King County Superior Court, and are in a unique position to be able to identify patterns and areas where improvement is needed.

CourtWatch Volunteer Explores the Role of KCSARC Legal Advocates

Blog post written by Andrea Martin, KCSARC CourtWatch Volunteer

Making a Difference; Volunteering for CourtWatch

I started volunteering as a CourtWatch observer this past January, and it’s now something I look forward to doing every time my shift comes up—usually every other Friday afternoon at the Regional Justice Center in Kent. I observe sentencing hearings because those are what take place on Fridays.

The Wheels of Justice Grind Slowly

As CourtWatch enters its fourth year of court monitoring-- collecting data about the courts through observation and research-- one thing has been consistently clear when it comes to sex offense cases: the wheels of justice grind very slowly. Of criminal sex offense cases filed in 2012 in King County Superior Court, we’ve found that cases resolving by guilty plea take an average of 8.5 months to reach a resolution, and that cases going to trial take an average of 12 months to reach a resolution.

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