SENATE BILL 6292





                        57th Legislature

                      2002 Regular Session


Passed by the Senate February 16, 2002

  YEAS 27   NAYS 19




President of the Senate


Passed by the House March 8, 2002

  YEAS 73   NAYS 22



I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is  SENATE BILL 6292 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.




Speaker of the

      House of Representatives









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Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                         SENATE BILL 6292



             Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session


State of Washington   57th Legislature        2002 Regular Session


By Senators Kline and Johnson


Read first time 01/14/2002.  Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

Authorizing lay judicial officers.

    AN ACT Relating to authorizing lay judicial officers; and amending RCW 3.34.060 and 3.50.040.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 3.34.060 and 1991 c 361 s 1 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 five thousand persons, a person who has taken and passed by January 1, 2003, the qualifying examination for ((the office of district judge)) a lay candidate for judicial officer as ((shall be)) provided by rule of the supreme court.


    Sec. 2.  RCW 3.50.040 and 1984 c 258 s 106 are each amended to read as follows:

    Within thirty days after the effective date of the ordinance creating the municipal court, the mayor of each city or town shall appoint a municipal judge or judges of the municipal court for a term of four years.  The terms of judges serving on July 1, 1984, and municipal judges who are appointed to terms commencing before January 1, 1986, shall expire January 1, 1986.  The terms of their successors shall commence on January 1, 1986, and on January 1 of each fourth year thereafter, pursuant to appointment or election as provided in this chapter.  Appointments shall be made on or before December 1 of the year next preceding the year in which the terms commence.

    The legislative authority of a city or town that has the general power of confirmation over mayoral appointments shall have the power to confirm the appointment of a municipal judge.

     A person appointed as a full-time or part-time municipal judge shall be a citizen of the United States of America and of the state of Washington; and an attorney admitted to practice law before the courts of record of the state of Washington:  PROVIDED, That in a municipality having a population less than five thousand persons, a person ((other than an attorney)) who has taken and passed by January 1, 2003, the qualifying examination for a lay candidate for judicial officer as provided by rule of the supreme court may be the judge.  Any city or town shall have authority to appoint a district judge as its municipal judge when the municipal judge is not required to serve full time.  In the event of the appointment of a district judge, the city or town shall pay a pro rata share of the salary.


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