1 State sets judges salaries (Wa. State Const. Art. 4 § 1) and State sets number of judgeships (RCW 2.08.061-.065 and RCW 3.34.010).
2 Superior court is a court of record and legislature may provide that inferior courts are courts of record (Wa. State Const. Art. 4 § 11).
3 Mandatory Arbitration is required in counties of more than 150,000 and optional in counties of less than 150,000 (RCW 7.06.010).
4 Juvenile Dependency cases are filed by State Attorney General and prosecuted in the name of the State (RCW 7.06).
5 Cities with a population over 400,000 must establish a municipal court consisting of a minimum of three departments (RCW 35.20.010 and 35.20.100).
6 Interpreter requirements are established by statute (RCW 2.43.040 and RCW 13.04.043).
7 Right to a jury trial established in Constitution (Wa. State Const. Art. 1 § 21).
8 Witness costs (fees and mileage are determined by RCW 2.40.010.
9 Compensation for District Court staff is set by the local legislative authority (RCW 3.54)
10 Juvenile Court detention and probation are to be supervised by Superior Court (RCW 13.04.035 and 13.05.040).
11 Cities are established by local decision. The local decision to create a municipality inherently includes a decision to create independent branches of government (RCW 3.45, RCW 3.50 and RCW 35).
12 Article 4 § 23 confers upon the superior court the discretion to appoint three commissioners with authority to perform “like duties as a judge of the superior court.”
13 Counties may create a facilitators program (RCW 26.12.240).
14 When authorized, a district court may appoint commissioners (RCW 3.42.010).
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