FERNDALE, Wash. — Ferndale Municipal Court Judge Mark Kaiman announced Thursday, March 19th that the court would be making changes to its calendar in order to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus during the recent pandemic.
Court provisions used for computing time for trial and time for hearing are being suspended due to this order and per the Washington State Supreme Court’s granting of emergency authority to the court to modify and suspend court rules and orders and to take action regarding court operations to address the current state of emergency.
Kaiman’s order directed all arraignments normally scheduled for Friday mornings be rescheduled to dates after April 24th and arraignments already on the court’s calendar be rescheduled to a date 45 days after charges were filed.
Currently scheduled jury trials will be postponed until after April 24th. Pretrial hearings, warrant quash hearings, probation matters and other criminal hearings will also be postponed until after April 24th. Pretrial motions in criminal cases may be submitted in writing to the court clerk’s office and pleadings submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Respondents will have 5 business days to respond to a motion and the court’s decisions will be provided in writing without oral argument or hearing.
Domestic violence no-contact orders will be entered by the court ex parte (without all parties present) and served on the defendant by mail. Motions to rescind or modify such orders may be submitted in writing to the court clerk’s office.
Pleadings can be submitted via email to email@example.com and the city prosecutor will respond in writing, again without oral argument or hearing.
Civil infraction matters normally heard on the 2nd Thursday of each month will be postponed until after April 24th. In cases involving attorneys, the parties are encouraged to submit an agreed order resolving the case if possible. In pro se cases, the litigants may submit written requests by mail to mitigate infractions or enter a deferred finding. Pro se litigants will be informed of the court’s decision in writing without oral argument or hearing.