|2 representatives||county clerks|
|2 representatives||appellate court clerks|
|2 representatives||superior court administrators|
|2 representatives||district/municipal court administrators|
Judge Baker pointed out that the membership is set out in page 13 of the Journal of the BJA, June 2 and 3, 2000. The Supreme Court member and the WSBA member are yet to be appointed. He advised the Committee had not yet met, but would do so prior to the Board's September meeting.
Judge Baker stated the purpose of the Committee is to evaluate proposed legislation and make recommendations to the full BJA.
Judge Murphy asked that each Committee develop a mission statement. Further, he requested, if possible the Committees meet prior to the next BJA meeting and provide mission statements to staff for dissemination.
Ms. McLane reminded the Board that retired Judge Tom Swayze and Paul Steere, past WSBA president are the co-chairs of Project 2001. Project 2001 created five subcommittees to study the issues. The five subcommittees are: Case Management chaired by Judge Michael Donohue; Jurisdiction/Portability chaired by Mr. Wayne Blair; Trial Court Administration chaired by Judge James Cayce; Warrant Resolution chaired by Judge Vance Peterson; and Domestic Relations chaired by Judge Faye Kennedy. The five subcommittees have maintained a rigorous meeting schedule over the summer in an effort to complete their work. In addition, several of the subcommittees have broken down further into task forces to complete their assignments. Reports from the subcommittees are expected mid-to late September.
Mr. Blair advised an overview of California's 15 year transition to a consolidated court system was presented by Ms. Yolanda Williams, Court Administrator for Seattle Municipal Court. The one of the goals of consolidation was to realize judicial branch efficiencies.
He continued, his committee had broken down into several subcommittees: Jurisdiction and Pro Tem; Merger; and Portability and Specialization.
Study areas that are being reviewed by the committee include: Clear definition and strong role of the presiding judge; method for flexible assignment of judicial officers depending on workload needs; and coordination of staff resources.
The Board discussed possible areas for obtaining court efficiencies, such as combining certain administrative roles in the courts; combined use of jury pools; and consolidation of departments. Mr. Wayne Blair reported his committee would meet as a whole on August 25.
Public Trust and Confidence
Mr. Blair reported the committee, chaired by Justice Bobbe Bridge, had met 4-5 times. He advised at the July 7 meeting, several legislators provided the committee with their personal views, along with input received from constituents. The legislators also provided reports on what's needed to improve the public's trust and confidence in the judicial system. The committee will meet again in September.
State Investment Board
Mr. Coplen reported beginning September 1, 2000, the State Investment Board will be replacing the Fidelity Bond Fund option with SIB managed bond fund. The State Investment Board asked whether the Judges Retirement Account Plan would be interested in participating in this option. After a brief discussion, the Board agreed this option should be available to the JRA participants.
Ms. McQueen reported OAC is partnering with the Secretary of State's Office to create this year's voters pamphlet. It will be distributed to every household prior to the primary.
Uniform Family Court Pilot Program
Ms. McLane provided a brief overview of the written report. She advised that King, Snohomish, and Thurston Counties are participating in the pilot program. A total of $225,000 has been allocated to the three program sites. Data collection began July 1, 2000, and will conclude when the pilot sites complete the required data collection.
HOV Lane Penalty Request from DMCJA
Judge Roewe expressed the belief that if the court are to speak with one voice, the BJA should review the WSP's request.
It was moved by Chief Justice Guy to reject the request by the Washington State Patrol to increase the penalty for the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane violation. The motion was seconded by Judge Hogan.
Discussion followed whether it was appropriate for the Board to comment on the increased penalty when the request was actually made to OAC, not the Board. It was pointed out the request was made to the BJA by the District and Municipal Court Judges' Association. The Association does not support the requested change.
The vote was taken and the motion passed unanimously.
Ms. McQueen discussed a possible award to judges who "work well and demonstrate courage" while performing their judicial duties. The Board discussed whether the award should be limited to members of the judiciary. The Board agreed that the co-chairs should establish a subcommittee to draft guidelines for the award.
Judge Murphy reported the BJA dues would remain at $55 per judge.
It was moved by Judge Baker and seconded by Judge Roof to maintain the BJA dues at $55.00 per judge. Motion passed unanimously.
Judge Murphy questioned whether it is desirable for the Board to hold monthly meetings.
It was moved by Judge Kurtz and seconded by Judge Roewe to establish monthly meetings of the Board. The motion passed unanimously.
Vision Statement/Mission Statement
The Board briefly discussed the vision statement created during the morning session.
BJA VISION - The BJA to become the leader and voice of the courts.
BJA MISSION Purpose (results) - To enhance the judiciary's ability to serve as an equal, independent and responsible branch of government.
It was moved by Judge Roewe and seconded by Judge Hogan to adopt the vision statement presented at the morning session, as well as the mission statement. The motion passed unanimously.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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