SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 8212
State of Washington 57th Legislature 2001 Regular Session
By Senators Kline, Constantine, Sheahan, Kohl‑Welles, Prentice, Winsley and Haugen
Read first time 02/02/2001. Referred to Committee on Judiciary.
BE IT RESOLVED, BY THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, IN LEGISLATIVE SESSION ASSEMBLED:
THAT, At the next general election to be held in this state the secretary of state shall submit to the qualified voters of the state for their approval and ratification, or rejection, an amendment to Article IV, section 17 of the Constitution of the state of Washington to read as follows:
Article IV, section 17. ((
person (( shall be)) is not eligible to the office of judge of the
supreme court(( , or)) unless he or she has been admitted to the
practice of law in the courts of record of this state not less than fifteen
years prior to taking office. A person is not eligible to hold the office of
judge of the court of appeals unless he or she has been admitted to the
practice of law in the courts of record of this state not less than ten years
prior to taking office. A person is not eligible to hold the office of
judge of a superior court, unless he (( shall have)) or she has
been admitted to the practice of law in the courts of record of
this state(( , or of the Territory of Washington)) not less than five
years prior to taking office. If a judge holding office on the effective date
of this amendment does not meet the minimum qualifications of this section, the
judge may complete his or her current term of office.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the secretary of state shall cause notice of this constitutional amendment to be published at least four times during the four weeks next preceding the election in every legal newspaper in the state.
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