Judicial Workload in Washington State Dependency Cases

December 15, 2010

In 2007, the NCJFCJ partnered with the Washington Administrative Office of the Courts to begin conducting a multi-year assessment of juvenile dependency practice (Washington Workload Study). The goal of the project was to assess judicial workload and inform best practice implementation in dependency cases in the State of Washington. This report provides a detailed summary of findings from the pilot workload assessment in King, Spokane, and Mason Counties. In addition to providing baseline information on judicial workload, the report offers recommendations to increase the efficiency and thoroughness of juvenile dependency hearings.