RULES OF COURT
|IN THE MATTER OF THE REPEAL OF GR 8||)
Now, therefore, it is hereby
(a) That GR 8 is repealed effective January 1, 2003.
DATED at Olympia, Washington this 6th day of June 2002.
| Alexander, C.J.
| Smith, J.
|| Sanders, J.
| Johnson, J.
|| Bridge, J.
| Madsen, J.
|| Chambers, J.
| Ireland, J.
|| Owens, J.
FOR JUDICIAL OFFICERS
RESERVED, CHAPTER 136, LAWS 2002
As used in this rule:
(a) "Judicial officer" shall mean anyone:
(1) Who is not admitted to practice law in the state of Washington;
(2) Who has been appointed or elected as a district court judge, municipal court judge, judge of any court inferior to the superior court which may be hereafter established, court commissioner, or administrator; and
(3) Who hears and disposes of cases.
(b) "Hears and disposes of cases" shall mean but is not limited to signing warrants; issuing summonses; setting bail hearings, trials or other proceedings or determining conditions of release.
[Rule 8 adopted effective January 1, 1981; Rule 8.1 amended effective September 22, 1998.]
MANDATORY QUALIFYING EXAMINATION
Every lay candidate for a judicial officer position shall,
before initial appointment or election, pass the qualifying
examination prepared in accordance with this rule. Reexamination
will not be required unless either (1) a break in judicial
service for two years or greater should occur, or (2) service as
a judicial officer does not begin within two years of passing the
[Rule 8 adopted effective January 1, 1981; Rule 8.2 amended effective March 14, 1986; September 22, 1998.]
JUDICIAL OFFICER EXAMINATION COMMITTEE
The qualifying examination for lay candidates for judicial
officers shall be prepared and administered by a committee, under
the supervision of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court,
composed of the Administrator for the Courts, the President of
the Superior Court Judges' Association, and the President of the
Washington Magistrates' Association. The Administrator for the
Courts shall chair the committee.
Rule 8 adopted effective January 1, 1981; Rule 8.3 amended effective May 8, 1987; September 22, 1998.]
The committee shall:
(a) Examination Fee. Require candidates to pay an examination fee each time they register for the examination. The amount of the fee shall be proposed by the committee and approved by the Supreme Court.
(b) Study Syllabus. Promulgate syllabi for study by candidates to prepare them for the responsibilities of a judicial officer and the qualifying examination for each jurisdiction. The syllabi shall include, but are not limited to, constitutional and statutory provisions and Supreme Court rules relating to the conduct of courts, state statutes, basic rules of evidence, and rights of a criminal defendant. Persons requesting a copy of the study syllabus may be charged the reasonable costs of producing the syllabus.
(c) Examination. Prepare qualifying examinations to test on proficiency included in the respective study syllabi. The examinations shall require written responses to written
(d) Administration. Announce the time and place for the examination and provide for monitoring and security during the examination.
(e) Grading. Arrange for the grading of the examination papers and determine a level of adequate competence that the candidate shall demonstrate to pass the examination.
(f) Certification. Certify to the auditor of the county in which the applicant resides the names of those applicants qualified by examination for performing the duties of judicial officer.
[Rule 8 adopted effective January 1, 1981; Rule 8.4 amended effective September 22, 1998.]
A candidate who fails to pass the qualifying examination
may, on petition to the committee, be given additional
examinations once every 12 months at a time and place set by the
[Rule 8 adopted effective January 1, 1981; Rule 8.5 amended effective September 22, 1998.]
A candidate who passes the qualifying examination may not
act in a judicial capacity and has no judicial authority unless
the candidate is appointed or elected as a judicial officer to a
court that is authorized to employ non-attorney judicial officers
under Washington's constitution or statutes.
[Rule 8.6 adopted effective September 22, 1998.]
Reviser's note: The typographical errors in the above material occurred in the copy filed by the State Supreme Court and appear in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.
Reviser's note: The brackets and enclosed material in the text of the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appear in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.