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  • TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2016, 12:15 A.M.

    Spokane’s community court gets $200,000 boost

    The apparent success of Spokane’s two-year-old community court was rewarded last week with a $200,000 Department of Justice grant to help serve people downtown more effectively.


  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2015

    Court measure, setting of mayor’s pay before Spokane voters

    Two ballot measures are before Spokane voters this primary election, one that should be familiar and another that won’t. Proposition 1 will allow the city’s Salary Review Commission to set …


  • SUNDAY, AUG. 17, 2014

    Spokane City Council preparing laws to aid domestic violence victims

    The Spokane City Council is preparing to pass new laws protecting victims of domestic violence against discrimination, while creating a fund to help prevent such violence and prosecute offenders. The …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 29, 2013

    Spokane City Council gives raises to municipal judges

    Three Spokane Municipal Court judges will get a $17,000 salary bump, the City Council decided Monday. The judges had been receiving the lowest pay among all of the state’s municipal …


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2013

    Judges hire fired city attorney Howard Delaney

    The city of Spokane’s former top attorney, who was fired last year by Mayor David Condon, is back on the city’s payroll. Howard Delaney was hired last month by the …


  • THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013

    Spokane police officer to admit lie in Zehm testimony

    A Spokane police officer will resign and plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of lying during the investigation of the fatal 2006 police confrontation with Otto Zehm, authorities said Wednesday. …


  • FRIDAY, JAN. 18, 2013, 4:40 P.M.

    Judge dismisses gun charge against Shea

    State Rep. Matthew Shea no longer faces a misdemeanor gun charge sparked when he pulled a gun during a road rage dispute. Shea, R-Spokane Valley, was charged in 2011 for …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 27, 2009, 7:40 A.M.

    ‘WarrantFest’ allows residents to resolve legal problems

    Spokane residents sick of having outstanding misdemeanor warrants can to go court later this week and get those legal problems fixed. However, Spokane Municipal Court officials are not offering amnesty …


  • MONDAY, OCT. 12, 2009, 11:20 A.M.

    Municipal Court to offer Saturday hearings

    Spokane officials announced today that Spokane Municipal Court will begin hearing cases on two Saturdays a month starting in December.


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 4, 2009

    Court upholds thousands of verdicts

    The state Supreme Court may have saved the city of Spokane millions of dollars Thursday by ruling that district court judges had the authority to try city cases. But the …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 3, 2009, 7:28 P.M.

    High court: County judges had authority to try city cases

    Spokane County district court judges had the authority to try cases for the city of Spokane under an agreement between the city and county governments, the state Supreme Court ruled …


  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2009, 2:12 P.M.

    Municipal court brawl leads to arrest

    A brawl that began when a man tried fleeing a courtroom this morning ended with the man, a deputy and three attorneys falling onto a bench of bystanders, according to …


  • SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2009

    High court weighing Spokane courts

    OLYMPIA – A case that could affect years’ worth of Spokane Municipal Court fines and rulings is in the hands of the state’s highest court. The state Supreme Court recently …


  • MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2009, 9:02 P.M.

    Council rejects residency restriction for judges

    Spokane Municipal Court Judge Tracy Staab will be eligible to run in the November election.


  • TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2009

    Residence requirement proposed for judges

    One of Spokane’s newly-appointed Municipal Court judges would be out of a job this fall under a new rule under consideration by the Spokane City Council. City Councilman Bob Apple …


  • MONDAY, FEB. 16, 2009, 9:55 P.M.

    Apple proposes residency requirement for judges

    One of Spokane’s newly-appointed Municipal Court judges would be out of a job this fall under a new rule under consideration by the Spokane City Council.


  • SATURDAY, JAN. 3, 2009

    Municipal Court judges confirmed, sworn in

    Spokane’s new Municipal Court is open for business. The Spokane City Council on Friday appointed Tracy Staab, Shelley Szambelan and Mary Logan as the new court’s first judges.


  • SATURDAY, DEC. 27, 2008

    Municipal Court candidates have little judicial experience

    The three nominees to serve as Spokane’s new judges say they’re confident their new court will be ready for business on Jan. 2. “It’s a great opportunity to start something …


  • FRIDAY, DEC. 26, 2008, 6:07 P.M.

    Verner withdraws municipal court pick

    With one week until Spokane is required to open its new independent Municipal Court, opposition on the City Council has forced Mayor Mary Verner to withdraw her most experienced pick …


  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2008

    Verner seeks delay on court setup

    In an abrupt reversal, Mayor Mary Verner is asking the Spokane City Council to withdraw the city’s petition to county commissioners to establish a new municipal court system that would …


  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2008

    City faces fight over courts

    The Center for Justice is challenging the city of Spokane’s effort to have the legality of its Municipal Court system reviewed by the Washington Supreme Court. The flurry of legal …


  • WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30, 2008

    City to seek high court review of Rothwell case

    The Washington Court of Appeals has denied the city’s request to reconsider a ruling that threatens the authority of Spokane’s municipal courts. The city will petition the state Supreme Court …


  • THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2007

    Spokane asks court to reconsider DUI ruling

    The city of Spokane is asking a state appeals court to reconsider a recent ruling that threatens the authority of Spokane’s municipal courts, including the convictions of more than 100 …


  • SUNDAY, NOV. 25, 2007

    Dispute fueled avoidable upheaval over city’s courts

    A power struggle between Spokane County’s district court judges and the late Spokane Mayor Jim West over control of the city’s municipal courts set the stage for a recent appeals …


  • FRIDAY, NOV. 9, 2007

    Appeals ruling puts municipal court decisions in legal limbo

    Thousands of petty criminals could have their convictions thrown out and millions of dollars in fines refunded because Spokane County District Court judges overstepped their authority for more than a …


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