CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT
HOUSE BILL 2471
2002 Regular Session
Passed by the House February 14, 2002
Yeas 97 Nays 0
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate March 6, 2002
Yeas 47 Nays 0
I, Cynthia Zehnder, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 2471 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
President of the Senate
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
HOUSE BILL 2471
Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session
State of Washington 57th Legislature 2002 Regular Session
By Representatives Esser, Lantz and Casada; by request of Administrator for the Courts
Read first time 01/18/2002. Referred to Committee on Judiciary.
AN ACT Relating to the methodology of determining the number of district court judges; and amending RCW 3.34.020.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 3.34.020 and 1997 c 41 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) Any change in the
number of full and part-time district judges after January 1, 1992, shall be
determined by the legislature after receiving a recommendation from the supreme
court. The supreme court shall make its recommendations to the legislature
based on ((
a weighted caseload)) an objective workload analysis
that takes into account (( the following: (a) The extent of
time that existing judges have available to hear cases in that court; (b) A measurement of
the judicial time needed to process various types of cases; (c) A determination
of the time required to process each type of case to the individual court
workload; (d) A determination
of the amount of a judge's annual work time that can be devoted exclusively to
processing cases; and (e) An assessment of
judicial resource needs, including annual case filings, and case weights and
the judge year value determined under the weighted caseload method)) available judicial resources and the
caseload activity of each court.
(2) The administrator
for the courts, under the supervision of the supreme court, may consult with
the board of judicial administration and the district and municipal court
judge's association in developing the procedures and methods of applying the ((
caseload)) objective workload analysis.
(3) For each recommended change from the number of full and part-time district judges in any county as of January 1, 1992, the administrator for the courts, under the supervision of the supreme court, shall complete a judicial impact note detailing any local or state cost associated with such recommended change.
(4) If the legislature approves an increase in the base number of district judges in any county as of January 1, 1992, such increase in the base number of district judges and all related costs may be paid for by the county from moneys provided under RCW 82.14.310, and any such costs shall be deemed to be expended for criminal justice purposes as provided in RCW 82.14.315, and such expenses shall not constitute a supplanting of existing funding.
(5)(a) A county
legislative authority that desires to change the number of full or part-time
district judges from the base number on January 1, 1992, must first request the
assistance of the supreme court. The administrator for the courts, under the
supervision of the supreme court, shall conduct ((
a weighted caseload)) an
objective workload analysis and make a recommendation of its findings to
the legislature for consideration as provided in this section.
(b) The legislative authority of any county may change a part-time district judge position to a full-time position.
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