WSR 00-08-009

ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINION


Cite as: AGO 2000 No. 2

[ March 6, 2000 ]

COUNTIES - CITIES AND TOWNS - MUNICIPAL COURTS - INTERLOCAL COOPERATION ACT - Authority of county to decline to enter into contract with city or town to handle misdemeanor cases referred from city law enforcement agency.


RCW 39.34.180 does not obligate a county to enter into a contract with a city or town to handle, through the county's court system, misdemeanor cases referred from the city or town's law enforcement officers; however, once a county has agreed to enter into such an agreement, the county must submit to binding arbitration if no agreement is reached concerning the payments to be made under the agreement.

The Honorable Mary Margaret Haugen

Senator, 10th Legislative District

P.O. Box 40482

Olympia, WA 98504-0482

Washington State Code Reviser's Office