SENATE BILL NO. 6562
AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
C 186 L 90
State of Washington 51st Legislature 1990 Regular Session
By Senators Craswell, Smitherman, Owen and Kreidler
Read first time 1/17/90 and referred to Committee on Law & Justice.
AN ACT Relating to superior courts; amending RCW 2.08.062, 2.08.065, and 2.32.180; and creating a new section.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. Section 4, chapter 125, Laws of 1951 as last amended by section 2, chapter 323, Laws of 1987 and RCW 2.08.062 are each amended to read as follows:
be in the counties of Chelan and Douglas jointly, three judges of the superior
court; in the county of Clark six judges of the superior court; in the county
of Grays Harbor two judges of the superior court; in the county of Kitsap ((
seven judges of the superior court; in the county of Kittitas one judge
of the superior court; in the county of Lewis two judges of the superior court.
Sec. 2. Section 7, chapter 125, Laws of 1951 as last amended by section 1, chapter 76, Laws of 1986 and RCW 2.08.065 are each amended to read as follows:
be in the county of Grant, two judges of the superior court; in the county of
Okanogan, one judge of the superior court; in the county of Mason, one judge of
the superior court; in the county of Thurston, ((
judges of the superior court; in the counties of Pacific and Wahkiakum jointly,
one judge of the superior court; in the counties of Ferry, Pend Oreille, and
Stevens jointly, two judges of the superior court; and in the counties of San
Juan and Island jointly, two judges of the superior court.
Sec. 3. Section 1, chapter 126, Laws of 1913 as last amended by section 4, chapter 328, Laws of 1989 and RCW 2.32.180 are each amended to read as follows:
It shall be
and is the duty of each and every superior court judge in counties or judicial
districts in the state of Washington having a population of over thirty-five
thousand inhabitants to appoint, or said judge may, in any county or judicial
district having a population of over twenty-five thousand and less than
thirty-five thousand, appoint a stenographic reporter to be attached to the
court holden by him who shall have had at least three years' experience as a
skilled, practical reporter, or who upon examination shall be able to report
and transcribe accurately one hundred and seventy-five words per minute of the
judge's charge or two hundred words per minute of testimony each for five
consecutive minutes; said test of proficiency, in event of inability to meet
qualifications as to length of time of experience, to be given by an examining
committee composed of one judge of the superior court and two official
reporters of the superior court of the state of Washington, appointed by the
president judge of the superior court judges association of the state of
Washington: PROVIDED, That a stenographic reporter shall not be required to be
appointed for the seven additional judges of the superior court authorized for
appointment by section 1, chapter 323, Laws of 1987, the additional superior
court judge authorized by section 1, chapter 66, Laws of 1988, ((
the additional superior court judges authorized by sections 2 and 3, chapter
328, Laws of 1989, or the additional superior court judges authorized by
sections 1 and 2 of this 1990 act. The initial judicial appointee shall
serve for a period of six years; the two initial reporter appointees shall
serve for a period of four years and two years, respectively, from September 1,
1957; thereafter on expiration of the first terms of service, each newly
appointed member of said examining committee to serve for a period of six
years. In the event of death or inability of a member to serve, the president
judge shall appoint a reporter or judge, as the case may be, to serve for the
balance of the unexpired term of the member whose inability to serve caused
such vacancy. The examining committee shall grant certificates to qualified
applicants. Administrative and procedural rules and regulations shall be
promulgated by said examining committee, subject to approval by the said
The stenographic reporter upon appointment shall thereupon become an officer of the court and shall be designated and known as the official reporter for the court or judicial district for which he is appointed: PROVIDED, That in no event shall there be appointed more official reporters in any one county or judicial district than there are superior court judges in such county or judicial district; the appointments in each class AA county shall be made by the majority vote of the judges in said county acting en banc; the appointments in class A counties and counties of the first class may be made by each individual judge therein or by the judges in said county acting en banc. Each official reporter so appointed shall hold office during the term of office of the judge or judges appointing him, but may be removed for incompetency, misconduct or neglect of duty, and before entering upon the discharge of his duties shall take an oath to perform faithfully the duties of his office, and file a bond in the sum of two thousand dollars for the faithful discharge of his duties. Such reporter in each court is hereby declared to be a necessary part of the judicial system of the state of Washington.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. (1)(a) One additional judicial position created by section 1 of this act and the additional judicial position created by section 2 of this act shall be effective July 1, 1990.
(b) The second additional judicial position created by section 1 of this act shall be effective not later than, and at the discretion of the legislative authority may be phased in at any time before, January 1, 1994.
(2) The additional judicial positions created by sections 1 and 2 of this act in Kitsap and Thurston counties shall be effective only if the county through its duly constituted legislative authority documents its approval of any additional positions and its agreement that it will pay out of county funds, without reimbursement from the state, the expenses of such additional judicial positions as provided by statute. The additional expenses include, but are not limited to, expenses incurred for court facilities.