Current Hearings

Video and Telephone Hearings during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Due to the public health emergency created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Hearing Examiner issued a general order suspending all in-person hearings indefinitely. A copy of that order can be found here. As stated in the order, it is not possible to conduct in-person public hearings, given the current restrictions on public gatherings and the ongoing risks to public health and safety. However, in appropriate cases, the Hearing Examiner intends to proceed with hearings remotely, using the WebEx application, an online conferencing tool.

If you are a party to a hearing and you believe that an in-person hearing is necessary or that conducting the hearing remotely would be prejudicial to your interests, you are strongly encouraged to submit a written request to postpone the hearing (also called a “request for a continuance”) until such time as in-person hearings are again feasible. Unless the Hearing Examiner grants a request for a continuance, the hearing will be conducted using video and telephone conferencing and following the procedures outlined in the notice of hearing and any prehearing order if issued by the Hearing Examiner.

If you are a member of the public who wants to offer public testimony, you may offer written testimony at any time before the Hearing Examiner closes the hearing, which typically occurs at the end of the hearing. You may also offer live testimony during the hearing in one of two ways: (1) by using the video conference capabilities of the WebEx application, through a computer, tablet, or smartphone equipped with a camera and a headset with microphone similar to what you use with your phones for hands-free use; or (2) by calling the toll number (listed on the Notice of Public Hearing) that will allow anyone using only a phone to call in and participate in the WebEx conference. In order to use the WebEx application on a computer, tablet, or smart phone, the application must be installed on the device being used. The application is free to download and use to observe and participate in the hearing. If that technology is not available, you can use any phone to call the toll number to listen to the hearing and offer testimony at the appropriate time in the proceedings. Please note that there may be charge to use the toll number from a landline, which is approximately 12 cents per minute.

Hearing Schedule

The list below shows the hearings currently scheduled for the upcoming two-week period. If there is no WebEx hearing information listed, please check back later. We will typically have the link for WebEx hearing posted 7 days prior to the hearing.

Hearing Meeting Details
Appeal of Notice of Seizure and Forfeiture
David Middleton, Claimant
v.
Spokane Police Department, Respondent
Thursday, April 23, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
Seizure 20-003 / Report 2020-20006431
Join by computer, smartphone, or tablet
WebEx
Meeting number (access code): 969 034 431
Meeting password: YjSmWRKR323
Join by phone: +1-408-418-9388 United States Toll
Appeal of Notice of Seizure and Forfeiture
Emilio Perez and Travis B. Phibbs , Claimants
v.
Spokane Police Department, Respondent
Thursday, May 14, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
Seizure 20-009 / Report 2020-20231549
Join by computer, smartphone, or tablet
WebEx
Meeting number (access code): 963 059 854
Meeting password: DBf5Y5MYNr2
Join by phone: +1-408-418-9388 United States Toll

Contact Information

Room 605, City Hall
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201

Phone: 509.625.6010
Fax: 509.625.6059
hearingexaminer@spokanecity.org

Brian T. McGinn
Hearing Examiner

Kim Thompson
Attorney Assistant