Judge Laura Riquelme serves as one of Skagit County’s four Superior Court judges.  Superior Court hears a wide variety of cases, ranging from criminal cases, civil lawsuits, family law, and juvenile law.  She has been honored to serve as a judge on these cases that have significant impacts on the lives of individuals directly named as parties to those cases, their families, and the community as a whole.

 

Judge Riquelme particularly enjoys working with young people to educate them about the legal system and civics.  She also serves on several boards within Skagit County and is active in this community that has given her so much.

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It's the end of an era. Judge Dave Needy retired today after 15 years as a Superior Court judge and years of service as a Superior Court commissioner and Skagit County's elected prosecutor. Judge David Svaren retired last week after serving as a judge in both Skagit County District and Superior Courts. I wish both of them the best in their well deserved retirements.

It's a little hard to believe that the last of the fine public servants photographed below has retired. From hearing my earliest cases to my most serious trials as an attorney and helping guide me after I took the bench, each one of the local judicial officers here played a significant role in my legal practice and how I approach cases and court administration as a judge. They built a lasting legacy and will be missed.
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Its the end of an era. Judge Dave Needy retired today after 15 years as a Superior Court judge and years of service as a Superior Court commissioner and Skagit Countys elected prosecutor. Judge David Svaren retired last week after serving as a judge in both Skagit County District and Superior Courts. I wish both of them the best in their well deserved retirements.

Its a little hard to believe that the last of the fine public servants photographed below has retired. From hearing my earliest cases to my most serious trials as an attorney and helping guide me after I took the bench, each one of the local judicial officers here played a significant role in my legal practice and how I approach cases and court administration as a judge. They built a lasting legacy and will be missed.

 

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These judges are mentors and fine jurists. As you said, Judge Riquelme, so many memories practicing law before them over the decades. Later, after I joined the bench, these judges remain at the pinnacle of our profession for their breadth of experience and I valued and appreciated their dedication to serving Skagit County even more. They will be missed.

I will miss Judge Needy & Judge Svaren. I had some interesting cases in front of them that I will always remember fondly.

Could not have worked with finer outstanding judges.

Ahhh. That’s a very nice tribute to both of them. I’ve learned a lot From them and they will be missed. glad you are there!

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Judge Laura Riquelme

As we round out 2020, Superior Court is close to completing another major project. Each courtroom is being equipped with more cameras and monitors so all participants can see and hear each other, whether in the physical or virtual courtroom environments.

We could theoretically have a witness physically in the courtroom and an attorney questioning them remotely over video for hybrid hearings or trials. Many configurations are possible, which is essential as we continue to hear cases in this ever-changing environment. We have already gone live with several courtrooms and will complete the project next week.

Additionally, new large-screen monitors will facilitate the display of digital evidence regardless of whether the hearing or trial involves Zoom.

We are so grateful to the many hard-working county employees, contractors, and court staff who have dedicated their time and expertise to implement this project. It will broaden access to the court well into the future.
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As we round out 2020, Superior Court is close to completing another major project. Each courtroom is being equipped with more cameras and monitors so all participants can see and hear each other, whether in the physical or virtual courtroom environments. 

We could theoretically have a witness physically in the courtroom and an attorney questioning them remotely over video for hybrid hearings or trials. Many configurations are possible, which is essential as we continue to hear cases in this ever-changing environment.  We have already gone live with several courtrooms and will complete the project next week. 

Additionally, new large-screen monitors will facilitate the display of digital evidence regardless of whether the hearing or trial involves Zoom.  

We are so grateful to the many hard-working county employees, contractors, and court staff who have dedicated their time and expertise to implement this project. It will broaden access to the court well into the future.

 

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Perfect!!!!

Amazing!