In re McHatton (Wash. 2021)
Nature of Case: Appellant had been convicted of a sex offense and subsequently civilly committed. Thereafter, he was granted release, subject to a number of conditions. He violated one of these conditions, and state authorities moved to revoke his release which was granted by the court. Appellant thereafter sought to appeal this revocation, and the Washington Court of Appeals determined that it was not an order that was appealable as a matter of right. Appellant thereafter sought review from the state Supreme Court.
Holding: The Washington Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeals, finding that the order revoking Appellant’s release to a less restrictive alternative was not — under state appellate rules — appealable as a matter of right.