HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 4219
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1991 Regular Session
By Representative Appelwick.
Read first time February 11, 1991. Referred to Committee on Judiciary.
BE IT RESOLVED, BY THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, IN LEGISLATIVE SESSION ASSEMBLED:
THAT, At the next general election to be held in this state there shall be submitted to the qualified voters of the state for their approval and ratification, or rejection, an amendment to Article IV, section 7 of the Constitution of the state of Washington to read as follows:
IV, section 7. (a) The judge of any superior court may hold
a superior court in any county at the request of the judge of the superior
court thereof, and upon the request of the governor it shall be ((
judge's duty to do so.
A case in the superior court may be tried by a judge, pro tempore, who must be
a member of the bar((
, agreed upon in writing by the parties litigant, or
their attorneys of record, approved by the court)) and sworn to try the
case. The court may appoint as a judge pro tempore a person agreed upon in
writing by the parties to the case and approved by the court. Absent such
agreement and approval, a judge pro tempore may be appointed by the court from
a list of qualified attorneys selected in accordance with supreme court rule
providing for judges pro tempore, under exigent circumstances. However, if
a previously elected judge of the superior court retires leaving a pending case
in which the judge has made discretionary rulings, the judge is entitled to
hear the pending case as a judge pro tempore without any written agreement or
other selection process.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the secretary of state shall cause notice of the foregoing constitutional amendment to be published at least four times during the four weeks next preceding the election in every legal newspaper in the state.