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AGLO 1970 No. 045 - March 25, 1970
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Slade Gorton | 1969-1980 | Attorney General of Washington
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                                                                  March 25, 1970
 
 
 
Honorable Norman B. Ackley
State Representative, 31st District
9641 15th Avenue, S.W.
Seattle, Washington 98106
                                                                                                               Cite as:  AGLO 1970 No. 45
 
 
Dear Sir:
 
            Reference is made to your recent letter requesting our opinion on the following question as paraphrased:
 
            Where a city or town, having a population of less than 20,000 at the time, has at some time in the past provided for a municipal court by city ordinance in accordance with RCW 3.50.010, and thereafter sustains an increase in population to a number of inhabitants in excess of 20,000, will such increase in population automatically terminate the operation of its municipal court?
 
                                                                     ANALYSIS
 
            We answer this question in the negative, based upon the reasons set forth in our opinion on the identical question to then State Representative Avery Garrett, dated August 13, 1963, copy enclosed.  We have carefully reviewed this previous attorney general's opinion and are convinced that it is still correct.1/
 
             We trust that the foregoing will be of assistance to you.
 
Very truly yours,
 
FOR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
 
 
Philip H. Austin
Assistant Attorney General
 
 
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1/See, also, the decision of the King county superior court, dated November 13, 1963, in the case of City of Renton v. Garvey, cause No. 39064, which also reached this same conclusion.
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