Representative Mary Dye's bill passes for temporary judges

OLYMPIA – Rep. Mary Dye’s bill to allow temporary judges in single-judge courtrooms is awaiting the governor’s signature after clearing the Legislature before it adjourned.

House Bill 1825 sets procedures to allow the chief justice of the state Supreme Court to appoint a temporary judge to fill in when needed.

The state House of Representatives concurred on March 7 to a Senate amendment, clearing the way for the bill to move to the governor.

Dye said the bill was inspired when a judge took a leave of absence after being charged with sexual misconduct in the workplace in 2019.

“That vacancy cre...


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