LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE RULES FOR COURTS
OF LIMITED JURISDICTION
(L-ARLJ)

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LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE RULE .01

FOREWORD

These Local Rules for Civil, Criminal, Infraction, and Appeals are assembled to conform in numbering system and in format to the rules adopted by the Supreme Court as required by GR 7.

These rules supplement ARLJ, CRLJ, CrRLJ, RALJ, and IRLJ in accordance with RCW 3.30.080 and GR 7. Local rules are cited as L- ARLJ, L- CRLJ, L- CrRLJ, L- RALJ, and L- IRLJ. Insofar as practicable the Washington Court Rules are not repeated and the user of these Local Rules should refer to the pertinent rule as adopted by the Supreme Court. These rules replace any previous rules adopted by the Court.

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LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE RULE .02

PRESIDING JUDGE AND COURT GOVERNANCE

a. Election and term of office. The Presiding Judge shall be elected by majority vote of the Yakima County District Court judges for a term of not less than two years. The first election under this rule shall occur in December 2002 and the term shall begin on January 1, 2003. Subsequent elections shall be conducted in October of even numbered years for terms beginning January 1 of the next odd numbered year. A Presiding Judge may serve consecutive terms.

b. Assistant Presiding Judge. The immediate past Presiding Judge shall serve as the Assistant Presiding Judge unless unable to serve due to illness or incapacity, or the judge no longer holds judicial office. If the immediate past Presiding Judge is unable to serve for the reasons provided above, an Assistant Presiding Judge shall be elected by majority vote of the judges for a term of not less than two years. The first election under this rule shall occur in December 2002 and the term shall begin on January 1, 2003. Subsequent elections shall be conducted in October of even numbered years for terms beginning January 1 of the next odd numbered year.

c. Failure or refusal to elect. If the judges fail or refuse to elect a Presiding Judge or Assistant Presiding Judge, the Presiding Judge then in office shall notify the Supreme Court of said failure or refusal no later than the tenth day of November, and the Supreme Court shall appoint a Presiding Judge or Assistant Presiding Judge pursuant to GR 29(a)(1).

d. Vacancies. Vacancies in the office of Presiding Judge or Assistant Presiding Judge shall be filled by majority vote of the Yakima County District Court judges within thirty (30) days after the vacancy occurs. The Assistant Presiding Judge shall serve as the acting Presiding Judge until said election. The judge elected to fill the vacancy shall serve until January 1 of the next odd-numbered year. If the judges fail or refuse to fill a vacancy in the office of Presiding Judge or Assistant Presiding Judge, the Presiding Judge or Assistant Presiding Judge then in office shall promptly notify the Supreme Court of said failure or refusal, and the Supreme Court shall appoint a Presiding Judge pursuant to GR 29(a)(1).

e. Notification of Chief Justice. The Presiding Judge shall send notice of the election of Presiding Judge and Assistant Presiding Judge to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court within 30 days of the election.

f. Removal. The Presiding Judge or Assistant Presiding Judge may be removed by majority vote of the judges at a regular or special meeting of the judges called by any judge upon at least ten days notice in writing or by electronic mail sent to all judges that removal of the Presiding Judge or Assistant Presiding Judge is at issue.

g. Duties. The Presiding Judge and Assistant Presiding Judge shall perform all duties specified in GR 29. All administrative decisions and directives of the Presiding Judge shall prevail unless overridden by three of the four District Court judges.

h. Meetings. The Presiding Judge shall schedule a meeting of all the judges at least monthly to report on and discuss the business of the court.

i. Caseload Adjustment. Judicial caseload shall be adjusted to provide the Presiding Judge with sufficient time and resources to properly perform the duties of the office as required by GR 29.

j. Ballots. Casting of ballots pursuant to this rule my be made in person, telephonically, by letter or by proxy.

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LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE RULE 1

OFFICE HOURS

The Yakima County District Court Yakima office with a clerk in attendance shall be open to the public each judicial day, except Saturday and Sunday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The Yakima County District Court Grandview office with a clerk in attendance shall be open to the public each judicial day, except Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for lunch.


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LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE RULE 9

DISCLOSURE OF PUBLIC RECORDS


(g) (1) The following records and files of this Court are declared confidential:

a. Affidavits for search warrants before a return of service has been filed;
b. Affidavits for probable cause for arrest warrants before the warrant has been served and returned;
c. Pre sentence and after sentence reports;
d. Mental health, psychiatric, and medical reports;
e. Alcohol and drug evaluations;
f. Deferred Prosecution petitions and stipulations of rights;
g. Unless admitted into evidence, certified copies of driving records, abstracts of driving records, and compiled reports of arrests and convictions;
h. Judges' notes and work sheets.

(2) Access to confidential records is limited to persons authorized by statute or who obtain a Court order.

(3) Persons requesting access to court records shall do so in writing on a form provided by the court. Any person objecting to a denial of access may request review of the denial by the Court Administrator.

(h) Copies of Recordings. Requests for duplicates of recordings shall be in writing on a form prescribed by the court. Duplicates of recordings and of the log for the record shall be delivered only after payment of the costs as determined by statute or county resolution unless the party is excused by operation of law.

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LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE RULE 10

COURT COMMISSIONERS AND JUDGES PRO TEMPORE

Part time District Court Commissioners and Judges Pro Tempore shall have all of the powers of the Judge appointing them during court business hours while actively serving in a Commissioner or Judge Pro Tempore capacity. A full time Court Commissioner is authorized by the appointing judges to exercise all powers of a District Court Judge at all times.

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