HOUSE BILL 1732






                        52nd Legislature

                      1992 Regular Session

Passed by the House March 7, 1992

  Yeas 96   Nays 0




Speaker of the

       House of Representatives


Passed by the Senate March 3, 1992

  Yeas 44   Nays 1



I, Alan Thompson, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 1732 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




President of the Senate

                               Chief Clerk



Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.





Governor of the State of Washington

                        Secretary of State

                       State of Washington




                                  HOUSE BILL 1732



                             AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE


                     Passed Legislature - 1992 Regular Session


State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1991 Regular Session


By Representatives Appelwick, Winsley, Wineberry, Locke, Ferguson, Scott and Forner.


Read first time February 7, 1991.  Referred to Committee on Judiciary.Allowing cities over 400,000 population to assign warrant servers to the police department.

     AN ACT Relating to warrant servers; and amending RCW 35.20.270.




     Sec. 1.  RCW 35.20.270 and 1977 ex.s. c 108 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

     (1) The position of warrant ((server)) officer is hereby created ((within the courts created by chapter 35.20 RCW)) and shall be maintained by the city within the city police department.  The number and qualifications of ((said)) warrant ((servers)) officers shall be fixed by ordinance, and their compensation shall be paid by the city.

     (2) ((Said)) Warrant ((servers)) officers shall be vested only with the special authority to make arrests authorized by ((the)) warrants ((which they have been directed to serve by courts created by chapter 35.20 RCW)) and other arrests as are authorized by ordinance.

     (3) All criminal and civil process issuing out of courts created under this title shall be directed to the chief of police of the city served by the court and/or to the sheriff of the county in which the court is held and/or the warrant ((servers of the court)) officers and be by them executed according to law in any county of this state.

     (4) No process of courts created under this title shall be executed outside the corporate limits of the city served by the court unless the person authorized by ((said)) the process ((shall)) first contacts the applicable law enforcement agency in whose jurisdiction the process is to be served.

     (5) Upon a defendant being arrested in another city or county the cost of arresting or serving process thereon shall be borne by the court issuing ((said)) the process including the cost of returning the defendant from any county of the state to the city.

     (6) ((Said)) Warrant ((servers)) officers shall not be entitled to death, disability, or retirement benefits pursuant to chapter 41.26 RCW on the basis of service as a warrant ((server)) officer as described in this section.