How new caseload standards will impact justice

Spokane County experts weigh in

SPOKANE – In a bid to address mounting concerns over caseload pressures, the Washington State Bar Association has announced plans to implement a caseload cap.

The goal is to ensure the quality of legal representation for clients.

Several stakeholders in the Spokane County justice system have weighed in, including the Spokane County Public Works CEO Scott Simmons.

“During the period from 2015-2023, indigent defense costs for Spokane County have risen 20% from $9.6 million to $11.5 million annually,” Simmons wrote in a letter to the Bar Association. “Funding from the state of Washington to Spoka...


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