Opinion

Editorial for Oct. 29

Senate Joint Resolution 8207 is a minor change to the state Constitution, amending the Commission on Judicial Conduct to allow municipal court judges to serve in one of the commission’s 11 seats.

Currently the Constitution only allows district court judges eligibility. The proposed constitutional amendment replaces the phrase “district court judges” with “limited jurisdiction court judges” which will allow a judge from any court of limited jurisdiction to be chosen by all of their peers.

This is a fair deal, allowing all judges throughout the state to take part in a commission which is tasked with judicial misconduct and determining if justices and judges are able to carry out their duties. Excluding one group of judges skews the balance and SJR 8207 fixes this gaffe.

This amendment was approved by the Senate 46-0 and by the House 90-2 and has been supported by the Judicial Conduct Commission, the Association of Washington Cities, District and Municipal Court Judges Association and the Board for Judicial Administration.

We believe you should support SJR 8207 as well. Vote yes.

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