SPMCrRLJ 4.1 Arraignment

(g) Appearance by Defendant's Lawyer.

  • (1-6) reserved by state rule
  • (7) Attorneys retained by defendants, or public defenders who have assumed representation of defendants, must promptly serve written notice of their appearance upon the prosecuting attorney, and file the same with the Clerk. The notice of appearance shall be contained in a separate document.
  • (8) The appearance or the plea of not guilty shall be made only in writing or in open court, and eliminates the need for a further arraignment, except in cases in which one or more of the charges involves domestic violence, driving under the influence, physical control, stalking, firearms or any other offenses for which the defendant's presence is mandated by law.

(Adopted Jan. 2, 2009; amended effective Sept. 1, 2011; amended effective Sept. 1, 2017; amended effective Sept. 1, 2021; amended effective Sept. 1, 2023)

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Contact Information

Municipal Court Clerk's Office
1100 W Mallon Ave
Spokane, WA 99260

Audio Recordings

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Bench Copies

To serve bench copies to a Judicial Officer please email:
Jeanine Sword
Judicial Administrative Assistant

Please ensure compliance with SPMCrRLJ 8.2(d).