Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1955 NO. 35 >

A justice of the peace in a first class city may indulge in private practice or business if it does not interfere with the full performance of his duties during the normal hours of his court.

AGO 1951 NO. 89 >

(1) When an incorporated city of less than 5,000 population joins a justice court district, the electors of the city then become electors of the justice court district, and thereafter only one justice of the peace shall be elected by all of the district electors to serve the entire districts.(2) The qualifications of a justice of the peace serving incorporated cities of less than 5,000 in population not becoming a part of a justice court district are the same as existed prior to the enactment of chapter 156, Laws of 1951.

AGO 1960 NO. 117 >

The charges upon which a demand for recall of a justice of the peace is based must relate to the performance of an official act by the justice of the peace and must not be so lacking in particularity as to render the charges vague and unclear.

AGO 1955 NO. 118 >

1. Venue in justice courts for all violations under the motor vehicle code (Title 46 RCW) shall be in one of the two nearest justice courts in incorporated cities and towns nearest to the point the violation allegedly occurred. 2, 3 & 4. Prior convictions in the state of Washington within a period of five years for driving under the influence, whether under the present act or the former act, must be alleged in the complaint or information where the increased penalties provided by the new act are to be invoked.

AGO 1957 NO. 122 >

The wage exemption statute (RCW 7.32.280) is applicable to garnishment proceedings in both superior and justice courts.

AGO 1955 NO. 122 >

The venue provision of RCW 46.52.100 (§ 2, chapter 393, Laws of 1955, applies to all violations of the motor vehicle code.

AGO 1958 NO. 188 >

The constitutional provision for electing salaried justices of the peace in cities of over 5,000 is self-executing; and the county auditor or the board of county commissioners has the power to determine when a city has attained a population of 5,000 entitling it to elect a salaried justice of the peace at the next regular election subject to review by the courts in a proper proceeding.

AGO 1950 NO. 383 >

A non-salaried justice of the peace is entitled to a fee of seventy-five cents for taking recognizance of bail in the situation where a traffic violator promises to appear and then posts bail.