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June 2018 Bar Bulletin

From the Desk of the Presiding Judge

By Judge Sean O’Donnell

Courtroom East 1201, located in the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle, is arguably the busiest courtroom in the State. East 1201 — or simply “1201” as it is known by the lawyers who practice there — in addition to being a high-volume, fast-paced place with a mix of arraignments, bond hearings and status conferences, is also unsafe and a poor physical work environment for those who must appear there.

King County is the nation’s 13th largest county, geographically. On average, more than 500 criminal cases are filed in Superior Court every...

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