Tools for Advocating...

Tools for Advocating for Release & Other Relief During COVID 19 Health Crisis including motions, briefing and more

Proclamations and Directives of the Governor 

Washington Supreme Court Orders (Most recent)

WA State Court Operations by County


Sample Release Motions for Defenders

Superior Court  

District/City Court

Sample Defense Firm Letter

Sample Motion to challenge continued pre-trial confinement

Sample Motion to Continue with COVID Facts (EMG)


Sample Motions By County

King                                     Snohomish


Practice Advisories & Guidance

WDA Practice Advisory: Bail Reform Policy and Pretrial Release

WDA Practice Advisory:  Conditions of Pretrial Release in Superior Court and Courts of Limited Jurisdiction

WDA Practice Advisory Supreme Court Order re COVID 19

Justice Collaborative COVID-19 Resource Page

Juvenile Defense Resources for COVID 19

NAPD COVID 19 Resources

NACDL COVID 19 Resource Page


WHO Preparedness, Prevention, and Control of COVID-19 in Prisons

Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform: Risks for Incarcerated Youth

Persuasive Info Sheet for Bail Argument

Explainer: Prisons and jails are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 outbreaks

Policy & Public Health Recommendations for Preventing & Containing a COVID-19 Pandemic in Jails and Prisons

WSBA Responds to Coronavirus

WSBA COVID-19 Equity Analysis and Resources

Interstate Commission for Juveniles Emergency Guidelines 

SSI Practice Tip – Herder

Public Defender COVID-19 Sample Talking Points — Zealous

Defender Checklist Remote Hearings COVID

Juvenile Court Guidance Remote Hearings COVID

COVID-19 Guidance for ITA Video Evaluations


Administrative Orders & Other Resources By County

Cowlitz County  King County Kittitas County
Kitsap County Mason County Snohomish County
Spokane County Thurston County Whatcom County


Oversight, Litigation, & Advocacy


Weekly Check-In (Thursdays)  Call for DOC Issues-Governor’s Office of Corrections Ombuds 

The resource above allows loved ones and concerned citizens to report information and receive answers from WA DOC about state of facility response

DRW files complaint with Department of Health Human Services Office Of Civil Rights

DRW COVID 19 Updates


Litigation-Related Information

Columbia Legal Services files Writ of Mandamus to Washington Supreme Court Against Gov. Inslee and DOC Secretary Sinclair

Disability Rights Washington files Office of Civil Rights Complaint over COVID-19 Response

ACLU files federal law suit on behalf of civil detainees at NW Detention Center

Pierce County Motion to File Amicus BriefPierce County NGL Amicus Brief

Court Access & Organizational Advocacy Letters

WACDL and WDA COVID 19 Taskforce Letter to Supreme Court 3.17.2020Proposed Order regarding Courtroom Closure and Pretrial release

WDA Letter in Support of Civil Action

Revised OPD/OCLA Emergency Order

Letter Concerning Parent-Child Contact & Proposed Order on Joint Shelter Care and Dependency Proceedings

WASPC Letter by Dr. Marc Stern, Suggestions for Jails 3.13.20

Declaration of Dr Marc Stern – without contingency

UTA-LBJ School – Strategies for Sheriffs and Jails to Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis

Snohomish County PAO- Temporary Health Emergency Policy / Presumptive Pre-Trial Agreed Release for Some Non-Violent and Non-Sexual Assault Offense Inmates

Incarcerated Youth Letter to Court Admin

Incarcerated Youth Letter to Sec Hunter

Covid-19 Child Legal and Judicial Letter

ITA COVID 19 WDA WACDL Proposed Order March 26 2020


ACLU-DRW Letter to Inslee re Proposed Executive Order 3.27.20Proposed Executive Order re Correctional Facilities 3.27.20


Government COVID 19 Website

DSHS Behavioral Health COVID 19 Response

Washington Courts COVID 19 Response

Department of Licensing COVID 19 Recommendations 

OCO COVID 19 Resource Page

DOC COVID 19 Information Page


Community Resources

NACC COVID-19 Resource Hub

One America COVID 19 Resources for Immigrants

Temporary Suspension of Civil Evictions in King County

Teladoc COVID 19 Flyer

CCW Telehealth Flyer Bilingual

National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center

COVID 19: Manage Anxiety and Stress

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Familiars Cope with Coronavirus

Emergency Unemployment Rule: Job Search Optional

ADIS Online

Successful Video Visits with Young Children

Low or No Technology Options for Socializing at a Distance

Unemployment Law Project: Unemployment Benefits and COVID 19

Donate to COVID-19 Relief Fund for WA Undocumented Community