LAR 5 Court Organization; Presiding Judge (a) Court Organization; Departments. The Grays Harbor County District Court district includes all of Grays Harbor County. Grays Harbor County District Court has two departments: Department No. 1, located in Montesano, Washington, and Department No. 2, located in Aberdeen, Washington. The district judges are authorized to hear cases in either department. [Adopted effective September 1, 1999; Amended effective September 1, 2003. (b) Assignment and Filing of Cases by Departments. (1) All cases filed with the Grays Harbor County District Court shall be filed, maintained and heard in the department designated by the Presiding Judge. (2) Pursuant to a reorganization of the court in 2003, Dept. 1 will be designated as the department where all criminal cases will be filed and heard, and Dept. 2 will be designated as the department where all civil cases will be filed and heard. (3) The Presiding Judge may order the transfer of any case to another judge or department to assure the expeditions and efficient handling of all cases and equal distribution of the case load among the district judges. In the event of recusal or other disqualification of a department’s judge, the court administrator shall cause the case to be heard by another judge, visiting judge or judge pro tempore. The case file shall not be transferred to another department unless ordered by the Presiding Judge. [Adopted effective September 1, 2003.]
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