HOUSE BILL NO. 1400
AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE
C 199 L 89
State of Washington 51st Legislature 1989 Regular Session
By Representative R. Meyers
Read first time 1/23/89 and referred to Committee on Judiciary.
AN ACT Relating to family court commissioners; and amending RCW 26.12.050.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. Section 5, chapter 50, Laws of 1949 as amended by section 1, chapter 83, Laws of 1965 ex. sess. and RCW 26.12.050 are each amended to read as follows:
Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, in class
"A" counties and counties of the first through ninth classes, the
superior court may appoint the following persons to assist the family court in
disposing of its business: ((
PROVIDED, That in counties of the third
through ninth class, such positions may not be created without prior consent of
the county commissioners: (1))) (a) One or more (( competent persons)) attorneys
to act as family court commissioners, and
(b) Such investigators, stenographers and clerks as the court shall find
necessary to carry on the work of the family court.
(2) The county legislative authority must approve the creation of family court commissioner positions.
The appointments provided for in this section shall be made by majority vote of
the judges of the superior court of the county and may be made in addition to
all other appointments of commissioners and other judicial attaches otherwise
authorized by law. Family court commissioners and investigators shall serve at
the pleasure of the judges appointing them and shall receive such compensation
as the ((
county commissioners shall determine)) county legislative
authority shall determine. The appointments may be full or part-time
positions. A person appointed as a family court commissioner may also be
appointed to any other commissioner position authorized by law.