8 Miscellaneous

CrR 8.1: TIME

(a) Computation.

Time shall be computed in accordance with CRLJ 6(a).

(b) Enlargement.

When by these rules or by a notice given thereunder or by order of court an act is required or allowed to be done at or within a specified time, the court for cause shown may at any time in its discretion, (1) with or without motion or notice, order the period enlarged if request therefor is made before the expiration of the period originally prescribed or as extended by a previous order or, (2) upon motion made after the expiration of the specified period, permit the act to be done where the failure to act was the result of excusable neglect. The court may not extend the time for taking any actions under rules 7.4, 7.5, 7.8, and 9.1.

(c) For Motions--Affidavits.

A written motion, other than one which may be heard ex parte, and notice of the hearing thereof shall be served not later than 5 days before the time specified for the hearing, unless a different period is fixed by these rules or by order of the court. Such an order may for cause shown be made on ex parte application. When a motion is supported by affidavit, the affidavit shall be served with the motion; except as otherwise provided in rule 7.5, opposing affidavits may be served not later than 1 day before the hearing, unless the court permits them to be served at some other time.


Rules 3.5 and 3.6 and CRLJ 7(b) shall govern motions in criminal cases.


(a) On Motion of Prosecution.

The court may, in its discretion, upon motion of the prosecuting authority setting forth the reasons therefor, dismiss a complaint or citation and notice.

(b) On Motion of Court.

The court, in the furtherance of justice after notice and hearing, may dismiss any criminal prosecution due to arbitrary action or governmental misconduct when there has been prejudice to the rights of the accused which materially affect the accused's right to a fair trial. The court shall set forth its reasons in a written order.

(c) On Motion of Defendant for Pretrial Dismissal.

The defendant may, prior to trial, move to dismiss a criminal charge due to insufficient evidence establishing a prima facie case of the crime charged.

(1) The defendant's motion shall be in writing and supported by an affidavit or declaration alleging that there are no material disputed facts and setting out the agreed facts, or by a stipulation to facts by both parties. The stipulation, affidavit or declaration may attach and incorporate police reports, witness statements or other material to be considered by the court when deciding the motion to dismiss. Any attached reports shall be redacted if required under the relevant court rules and statutes.

2) The prosecuting authority may submit affidavits or declarations in opposition to defendant's supporting affidavits or declarations. The affidavits or declarations may attach and incorporate police reports, witness statements or other material to be considered by the court when deciding defendant's motion to dismiss. Any attached reports shall be redacted if required under the relevant court rules and statutes.

(3) The court shall grant the motion if there are no material disputed facts and the undisputed facts do not establish a prima facie case of guilt. In determining defendant's motion, the court shall view all evidence in the light most favorable to the prosecuting authority and the court shall make all reasonable inferences in the light most favorable to the prosecuting authority. The court may not weigh conflicting statements and base its decision on the statement it finds the most credible. The court shall not dismiss a sentence enhancement or aggravating circumstance unless the underlying charge is subject to dismissal under this section. A decision denying a motion to dismiss under this rule is not subject to appeal under RALJ 2.2. A defendant may renew the motion to dismiss if the trial court subsequently rules that some or all of the prosecuting authority's evidence is inadmissible.

(4) If the defendant's motion to dismiss is granted, the court shall enter a written order setting forth the evidence relied upon and conclusions of law. The granting of defendant's motion to dismiss shall be without prejudice.

[Amended effective September 1, 1995; September 1, 2008.]


(a) Service: When required.

Except as otherwise provided in these rules, every order required by its terms to be served, every pleading subsequent to the original complaint or citation and notice, every paper relating to discovery required to be served upon a party unless the court otherwise orders, every written motion other than one which may be heard ex parte, and every written notice, appearance, demand, application, designation of record on appeal, and similar paper shall be served upon each of the parties.

(b) Service: How made.

(1) On lawyer or party. Whenever under these rules service is required or permitted to be made upon a party represented by a lawyer the service shall be made upon the lawyer unless service upon the party is ordered by the court. Service upon the lawyer or upon a party shall be made by delivering a copy to the person or by mailing it to the person's last known address. Delivery of a copy within this rule means: handing it to the lawyer or to the party; or leaving it at the person's office with a clerk or other person in charge thereof; or, if there is no one in charge, leaving it in a conspicuous place therein; or, if the office is closed or the person to be served has no office, leaving it at the person's dwelling house or usual place of abode with some person of suitable age and discretion then residing therein.

(2) Service by mail.

(i) How made. CRLJ 5(b)(2)(i) shall govern service by mail. (ii) Proof of service by mail. Proof of service by mail may be by affidavit or certification, under RCW 9A.72.085 or any law amendatory thereof, of the person who mailed the papers, or by written acknowledgment of service.

(c) Filing with court.

The complaint or citation and notice shall be filed as in rule 2.1. All other pleadings required to be served upon a party shall be filed with the court pursuant to CRLJ 5(e).

(d) Bar Association membership number.

All pleadings, motions, and legal memoranda signed by an attorney shall include the attorney's Washington State Bar Association membership number in the signature block.

(e) Filing by facsimile. (Reserved. See GR 17--Facsimile Transmission.)



CRLJ 46 shall govern objections and exceptions to rulings and orders in criminal cases.



Upon acquittal, or whenever the court shall direct any criminal prosecution to be dismissed, the defendant shall be released from custody or conditions of release on such charge and any bail shall be exonerated.


(a) Disqualification.

In any case pending in any court of limited jurisdiction, unless otherwise provided by law, the judge thereof shall be deemed disqualified to hear and try the case when the judge is in any way interested or prejudiced. The judge may enter an order of disqualification.

(b) Affidavit of Prejudice.

The judge shall also enter an order of disqualification under the provisions of this rule if, before the judge makes a discretionary ruling and before the trial is commenced, a party files an affidavit alleging that the party cannot have a fair and impartial trial by reason of the interest or prejudice of the judge or for other ground provided by law. Only one such affidavit shall be filed on behalf of the same party in the case and the affidavit shall be made as to only one of the judges of the court. All rights to an affidavit of prejudice will be considered waived when filed more than 10 days after the defendant's plea is entered or arraignment is waived, unless the affidavit alleges a particular incident, conversation or utterance by the judge, which was not known to the party within the 10-day period. In multiple judge courts, or when a pro tempore or visiting judge is designated as the judge, the 10-day period shall commence on the date that the party has actual notice of assignment or reassignment to a designated judge.

(c) Transfer.

Whenever a judge is disqualified, the judge shall immediately make an order transferring and removing the case to another judge authorized by law to hear the case.


[Adopted effective September 1, 1987; repealed effective December 10, 2013.]


[Adopted effective September 1, 1987; repealed effective December 10, 2013.]


The court shall upon entry of bail forfeiture or entry of judgment of guilty of a criminal traffic offense forward to the Department of Licensing a copy of the complaint or citation and notice to appear and an abstract of the courts order.

[Adopted effective September 1, 1987; November 21, 2006.]