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                                  HOUSE BILL 2082



State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1991 Regular Session


By Representative Appelwick.


Read first time February 21, 1991.  Referred to Committee on Judiciary.Changing provisions relating to district court judges.

     AN ACT Relating to district courts; and amending RCW 3.34.060 and 3.34.100.




     Sec. 1.  RCW 3.34.060 and 1989 c 227 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:

     To be eligible to file a declaration of candidacy for and to serve as a district court judge, a person must:

     (1) Be a registered voter of the district court district and electoral district, if any; and

     (2) Be either:

     (a) A lawyer admitted to practice law in the state of Washington; or

     (b) A person who has been elected and has served as a justice of the peace, district judge, municipal judge, or police judge in Washington; or

     (c) In those districts having a population of less than ((ten)) five thousand persons, a person who has taken and passed the qualifying examination for the office of district judge as shall be provided by rule of the supreme court.


     Sec. 2.  RCW 3.34.100 and 1984 c 258 s 16 are each amended to read as follows:

     If a district judge dies, resigns, is convicted of a felony, ceases to reside in the district, fails to serve for any reason except temporary disability, or if his or her term of office is terminated in any other manner, the office shall be deemed vacant.  The county legislative authority shall fill all vacancies by appointment and the judge thus appointed shall hold office until the next general election and until a successor is elected and qualified.  District judges shall be granted ((sick)) leave from their positions due to illness or injury in the same manner as sick leave is provided to other county employees.