When Gov. Inslee issued the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order several weeks ago, courts were immediately impacted. Marysville’s city courthouse has been closed to the public since March 17, following the direction of the Governor and the Washington State Supreme Court.
With a backlog of over 2,000 cases and an unknown date for reopening safely, Marysville Municipal Court began doing things differently this week. Court hearings are now being conducted virtually via GoToMeeting.
“We were worried about the tsunami that was happening by not doing court hearings,” explained Court Administrator Suzanne Elsner.
Once the decision was made to use remote video hearings, city Information Services staff quickly responded with the necessary technical equipment. Judge Fred Gillings and Judge Lorrie Towers participated in training sessions along with court staff and attorneys to make sure the web-based platform would work correctly. Within eight days, the new court model was up and running. Video hearings began on Monday, April 27.
What has changed?
Find forms and more information at https://www.marysvillewa.gov/144/Municipal-Court