Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Pay for judges who serve as judges pro tem?

Washington HB 1262 would amend the statute concerning pay for people serving as judges pro tempore in superior court. According to the House Judiciary Committee bill report, there are some occasions -- particularly in rural counties -- when someone elected to a court of limited jurisdiction (serving part-time) ALSO is appointed a judge pro tem in superior court. The existing statute prohibits active judges from being compensated when they are judges pro tem, but doesn't address the situation part-time judges serving pro tem on their days off.

The bill has passed the House and is now in the Senate. Bill information is here.

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