WSR 01-15-048


[ Filed July 13, 2001, 11:05 a.m. ]



The Washington Attorney General issues formal published opinions in response to requests by the heads of state agencies, state legislators, and county prosecuting attorneys. When it appears that individuals outside the Attorney General's Office have information or expertise that will assist in the preparation of a particular opinion, a summary of that opinion request will be published in the state register. If you are interested in commenting on a request listed in this volume of the register, you should notify the Attorney General's Office of your interest by August 8, 2001. This is not the due date by which comments must be received. However, if you do not notify the Attorney General's Office of your interest in commenting on an opinion request by August 8, 2001, the opinion may be issued before your comments have been received. You may notify the Attorney General's Office of your intention to comment by calling (360) 586-4218, or by writing to the Solicitor General, Office of the Attorney General, P.O. Box 40100, Olympia, WA 98504-0100. When you notify the office of your intention to comment, you will be provided with a copy of the opinion request in which you are interested; information about the Attorney General's Opinion process; information on how to submit your comments; and a due date by which your comments must be received to ensure that they are fully considered.

The Attorney General's Office seeks public input on the following opinion request(s).

01-05-06 Request by Honorable Gregory Banks, Island County Prosecuting Attorney

Do the judges of the superior court of a county have authority to adopt local court rules that mandate the details of how or when the clerk does her job? For example, do the judges have authority to adopt a court rule that requires the clerk to docket and physically place pleadings, briefs and all other original filed documents in the superior court file folder within three days of when the documents are received and filed with the county clerk? If the superior court has such authority, what sanctions can the superior court impose upon the clerk should she not be in compliance with the rule? This question is based on Skagit Cy local rule 10(d), effective September 1, 2000.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office