In Re Detention of T.M.L.

This court case is completed

The ACLU submitted an amicus brief to the Court of Appeals in February of 2017 arguing that the policy of the King County Superior Court to have individuals appear for mental commitment
trials by video violates their rights. Research has shown that video participation in a court proceeding interferes with communication and impacts judicial outcomes. In order to have true
due process of the law, people must be allowed to appear in person for court proceedings whenever possible. An unpublished Opinion Dismissed the appeal because the plaintiff was no
longer impacted by the order, but in a related case the Court ruled the individual’s statutory right to be present was violated by conducting the hearing via video.