What is Court Watching?

Court Watch simply means the public observes court proceedings and takes notes. Data gathered is generally put to use to inform the public, the legislature and interested or invested organizations.

What is this Court Watch program for?

There are any number of reasons to hold a court watch program. We plan to focus on arraignment court to discover any overt or implicit bias in the bail setting process as well as look for accountability in the use of CrR 3.2 and the bail affordability mandate. The initial program will be held in King County only.

How will it work?

We will devise an optimal schedule to provide a broad look at our arraignment process. Trained volunteers will take notes in court, and that data will be moved into a spreadsheet for analysis and eventual publication.

How can I get involved?

This is running on volunteer labor - there's lots to do! We need volunteers to help

How arraignments work

Further reading

Get Involved

Interested in volunteering? Have some feedback? Want to get updates? Contact us through Google Forms.

Volunteer resources

Getting Ready

Schedule a Court Watch session

Forms for Court Watching

Court calendars