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AGO Opinions with Topic: DISTRICT JUDGES PRO TEMPORE
AGO 1994 No. 4 >  March 25, 1994
DISTRICT COURTS - DISTRICT JUDGES PRO TEMPORE - SALARY AND COMPENSATION - COUNTIES
Authority of district courts to employ pro tempore judges to handle excess workload 1.  A district court judge lacks authority to engage a judge pro tempore to assist in handling an excess court workload.2.  When a judge pro tempore serves a district court for more than 30 days in a year because of the absence of the regular judge owing to disqualification from hearing one or more cases, the salary of the regular judge must be reduced as specified in RCW 3.34.130(1), unless the judge's absence meets one of the exceptions specified in the statute.3.  RCW 3.34.130, which generally requires a reduction in a district court judge's salary when a judge pro tempore serves in the judge's place for more than 30 days in a year, does not apply when a visiting judge from another court serves pursuant to RCW 3.34.140.
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