Published on January 30th, 2016 | by The Kitsap Scene


Appeals Court to Hear Arguments in Front of Silverdale Students

Central Kitsap students are about to get an up-close look at the state’s legal system in February.

Division Two of the Washington State Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments during a community visit to Klahowya Secondary School in Silverdale on Monday, February 22, 2016. The visit is co-sponsored by the Kitsap County Bar Association, according to a press release.

The court will hear three Kitsap County cases in front of students in grades 7-12. Students and the public will have an opportunity to observe court sessions and participate in a question and answer session about the judicial system.

“We are delighted for the opportunity to visit Klahowya Secondary School and welcome members of the public to join us,” said Judge Lisa Sutton, organizer of the visit, in the press release. “Court community visits are a wonderful way to learn more about the judicial branch of government up close and we would like to thank Klahowya’s Principal Jodie Woolf for hosting us.”

At 8:45 a.m., Court of Appeals Acting Chief Judge Thomas Bjorgen, Judge Bradley Maxa, and Judge Lisa L. Sutton, will hear oral arguments in the following local cases:

8:45 a.m.
Pamela O’Neill, Appellant v. The City of Port Orchard, Respondent (Case 47149-3-II)
Summary: Plaintiff-Appellant Pamela O’Neill appeals from the trial court’s order of summary judgment dismissing her lawsuit against the City of Port Orchard for injuries she suffered during a bicycle accident while travelling on section of road in the city.

9:45 a.m.
State of Washington, Appellant v. Brittanie Olsen, Respondent (Case 46886-7-II)
Summary: The State appeals the superior court’s decision to vacate a provision of Brittanie Olsen’s sentence, imposed by the district court, requiring that Olsen submit to random urinalyses screens (UAs) as a condition of her misdemeanor probation. The State argues that the random UA condition is constitutional under article 1, section 7 of the Washington Constitution. Olsen argues that the random UA condition permits probationer officers to perform warrantless searches that violate article 1, section 7 of the Washington Constitution.

10:45 a.m. >College Marketplace, LLC, Appellant v. Olhava Associates, LP, et al, Respondents (Case 46823-9-II)
Summary: Plaintiff-Appellant College Marketplace appeals the trial court’s rulings in favor of Defendants-Respondents Home Depot, Walmart, and Olhava, where the trial court (1) concluded that amendments to a set of restrictive covenants governing a commercial shopping center were a proper exercise of the Respondents’ power; (2) excluded evidence that the amendments violated public policy; and (3) awarded attorney fees to the Respondents.

Each argument will last approximately 30 minutes, and will be followed by a 15-minute question and answer session with students and members of the public.

Division Two of the Washington State Court of Appeals made its first community visit throughout its geographic area back in 1993 in an effort to educate students about the role of the judicial branch and answer any questions residents may have about the Court of Appeals.

The Court hears appeals from trial courts throughout Western Washington, Pierce County south to the Oregon border and the Olympic Peninsula, and has the authority to overrule, remand, modify or affirm decisions of the trial courts.  For further information regarding the Court, visit the Washington Courts Web site at

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