LARLJ 3 DEFINITION OF TERMS AND SENIORITY (8) Departmental Numbers and Seniority (a) Departmental Numbers. The District Court of Spokane County shall be divided into as many Departments as there are Judges authorized by law. Department numbers are assigned as follows: Department Incumbent Judge No. 1 Hon. Vance W. Peterson No. 2 Hon. Sara B. Derr No. 3 Hon. Donna Wilson No. 4 Hon. Patti Connolly Walker No. 5 Hon. Gregory J. Tripp No. 6 Hon. Debra R. Hayes No. 7 Hon. Randy A. Brandt No. 8 Hon. Richard M. Leland Whenever a Judge vacates his or her office, the Department number shall be assigned to the successor. (b) Seniority. Seniority of District Court Judges is as follows: 1. Hon. Donna Wilson 2. Hon. Sara B. Derr 3. Hon. Gregory J. Tripp 4. Hon. Vance W. Peterson 5. Hon. Patti Connolly Walker 6. Hon. Debra R. Hayes 7. Hon. Randy A. Brandt 8. Hon. Richard M. Leland Hereafter, seniority will be determined by the length of service as a Spokane County District Court Judge. If two (2) or more Judges have equal length of service, their seniority shall be determined by lot. Each Judge shall select an unassigned chamber in order of their seniority. (c) Seniority -- Court Commissioners. Seniority for Court Commissioners shall be determined by date of hire with continuous service. Court Commissioner chamber assignments shall be determined by seniority, provided that there is no over- arching need to locate a commissioner in a certain chamber which supersedes seniority assignment. Docket assignments for the Court Commissioners is at the discretion of the Presiding Judge with consideration given to advice provided by the Bench.
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