Judge Woolard’s medical leave extended

She has had side effects from epilepsy medication




A Clark County Superior Court judge’s six-week medical leave has been extended for at least two more months.

Judge Diane Woolard, 68, has been on paid medical leave since Nov. 20 because side effects from a prescription for her epilepsy were interfering with her work.

Woolard was expected back at work Jan. 1, but her leave was extended until March 31, said Superior Court Administrator Jeff Amram. Her attorney, Stephen Brischetto, has said the leave is necessary while her doctor adjusts her medications.

In December, presiding Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson told The Columbian that Woolard’s absence has made it difficult to meet the needs of the court’s caseload.

Woolard’s cases have been reassigned to the court’s other nine judges.

She continues to receive her full salary of $148,800 annually and benefits during her leave.

Paris Achen: 360-735-4551; http://twitter.com/Col_Courts; http://facebook.com/ColTrends; paris.achen@columbian.com.