Legal & Justice System Ad Hoc Subcommittee

The next Legal & Justice System Subcommittee is 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on November 14, 2017 at the County Courthouse Fifth Floor Conference Room 514, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham. 

Legal & Justice System Ad Hoc Subcommittee Statement of Work

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2017 Legal & Justice System Committee Meeting Documents

October 10, 2017 Agenda Packet Audio   Handout: Developing a pretrial risk assessment instrument working draft 
September 12, 2017   Agenda Packet Audio  Summary  Handout: Domestic Violence Perpetrator Treatment
Handout: Working list of Drug Court improvements
July 11, 2017 Agenda Packet  Audio Summary VERA Institute Preliminary Data Report
Karen Burke DVSAS Presentation
June 13, 2017 Agenda Packet Audio Summary   
 May 9, 2017 Agenda Packet
(Large Document,
may take time to download.)
Audio Summary  Supplemental Information received re: Drug 
Court at past meetings.
April 11, 2017  Agenda Packet Audio Summary  N/A
 March 14, 2017 Agenda Packet Audio Summary  N/A
February 28, 2017
Special Meeting
Agenda  Packet Audio Summary Handout: City of Bellingham risk assessment tool
January 9, 2017 Agenda Packet Audio Summary Handout: Anderson presentation
Handout: Judge Snyder Email


Upcoming Legal & Justice Systems Subcommittee regular meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Courthouse Fifth Floor Conference Room 514, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.  Additional meetings may be scheduled as needed.  Please check this webpage periodically for confirmed meeting information. The meeting dates for 2017:
  • January 9, 2017
  • February 13, 2017 Cancelled
  • March 14, 2017 
  • April 11, 2017 
  • May 9, 2017
  • June 13, 2017
  • July 11, 2017
  • August 8, 2017 Cancelled
  • September 12, 2017
  • October 10, 2017
  • November 14, 2017
  • December 12, 2017
The purpose of the Legal & Justice Systems Ad Hoc Committee is to recommend to the Task Force specific, achievable  programs and services that would prevent or reduce incarceration, if implemented within the legal and law enforcement systems. Treatment for addiction and mental health, and other behavioral health programs and services are the purview of a different Ad Hoc Committee. Members: 
  • Stephen Gockley, Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement Board Member, Committee Chair 
  • Angela Anderson, Public Defender's Office
  • Jill Bernstein, Citizen Representative and Task Force Co-Chair 
  • Lynden Deputy Police Chief John Billester
  • County Sheriff Bill Elfo
  • Superior Court Commissioner Alfred Heydrich
  • County Prosecutor Dave McEachran
  • Moonwater, Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center
  • Irene Morgan, Citizen Representative
  • Darlene Peterson, Bellingham Municipal Court Administrator