LOCAL INFRACTION RULES FOR
COURTS OF LIMITED JURISDICTION
(L-IRLJ)

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LOCAL TRAFFIC INFRACTION RULE 2.4

RESPONSE TO NOTICE

(1) Persons alleged to have committed infractions may submit a written statement, in lieu of appearing at a scheduled hearing, either contesting the infraction or explaining mitigating circumstances. The written statement may be transmitted to the clerk by facsimile or electronic mail.

(2) Upon receipt of a request for either a contested or mitigation hearing, the Clerk shall provide to the defendant a form substantially in conformity with Exemplar No. 2.

(3) The written statement must be received by the Clerk at least one court day prior to the scheduled hearing in order to be considered.

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LOCAL TRAFFIC INFRACTION RULE 2.6

SCHEDULING OF HEARINGS

(a) (3) Hearings on a contested traffic infraction and a crime arising out of the same
occurrence shall not be scheduled at the same time except with the express
permission of the trial Judge.

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LOCAL TRAFFIC INFRACTION RULE 3.3

Deleted effective 3/15/13 for permanent adoption 9/1/13

PROCEDURE AT CONTESTED HEARINGS

(b) Representation by Lawyer. The Plaintiff shall be represented by a lawyer in all cases where:

(4) the defendant is represented by a lawyer;

(5) the defendant has served on the prosecuting attorney and filed with the court at least 30 days prior to trial a request to produce a speed measuring device expert under IRLJ 6.6, or,

(6) a subpoena has been issued by either party or the court pursuant to IRLJ 3.1(a) for any witness, including the officer who issued the notice of infraction or whose written statement was the basis of issuance of the notice of infraction.

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LOCAL TRAFFIC INFRACTION RULE 4.2

FAILURE TO PAY OR COMPLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE
FOR TRAFFIC INFRACTION

(d) Failure to Make Payment Arrangements. Defendants who owe penalties on traffic infractions must report to the cashier immediately after leaving the courtroom. Failure to do so will be considered a failure to pay or complete community service. The Court will assess the appropriate penalty for failure to pay or appear, and will rescind any reduction in the penalty imposed. Failure to comply with the time payment agreement on an infraction will cause the court to rescind any penalty reduction previously granted by the court.

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LOCAL TRAFFIC INFRACTION RULE 6.2

MONETARY PENALTY SCHEDULE FOR INFRACTIONS

(b) Unscheduled infractions. The base penalty for violations of RCW 46.61.440 (speeding in a school or playground zone) and RCW 46.41.527 (speeding in a construction zone) shall be determined by doubling the base penalty for Speeding as provided in IRLJ 6.2(d)(1) now in existence or as hereafter amended by the Supreme Court.

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