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Issaquah Law Group - Personal Injury Litigation Attorneys

TRUST: Personal injuries are personal. Which is why the attorneys at ILG treat every client and every case differently. Because they are different, and extremely personal. ILG was founded on the principle that strong client relationships are the key to successful legal representation and strong relationships are built on trust. Trust that you will be heard. Trust that you will be protected. Trust that every effort will be made to see justice done in your case. The singular goal of every ILG attorney is to earn and preserve that trust.

EXPERIENCE: ILG attorneys have a broad base of litigation experience to draw on in all Federal and State courts from on-the-ground investigations to Supreme Court appeals and we bring this experience to bear on behalf of our clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims arising out of motor vehicle accidents, bus versus pedestrian accidents, defective and dangerous products, medical malpractice, slip/trip and fall accidents, and catastrophic losses due to fire.

LOCATION: We are located on the Eastside in Issaquah, convenient to Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Renton, Sammamish and North Bend. However, we provide legal services in King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County and throughout the entire state of Washington.

In addition, through The Amateur Law Professor Blog and LinkedIn postings, we share pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Supreme Court, as well as the pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Courts of Appeal so that our clients can be as update to date on cutting legal issues as we are.

WA Legal Roundup - Washington State Supreme Court

City of Spokane v. Rothwell

Whoa, a challenge to a Spokane District Court Judge's jurisdiction! So what happened? So under now-repealed statutes, district courts had jurisdiction over ordinance violations, but it the city established a muni court, it had exclusive jurisdiction over its ordinance violations. The municipal court became a department of the district court.

Spokane County had an agreement with the City of Spokane to provide municipal court judges in rotation from the district court. The district court judges were thus referred to collectively as the municipal department. The district court judges were also filled in county elections. Rothwell contended (and the Court of Appeals agreed) that the district court judges weren't properly elected to the municipal bench.

The former statute, RCW 3.46.050, limited election of municipal judges to city voters IF they held such elections. Otherwise, it could be staffed by other judges of the district court by appointment by the mayor in a manner determined by the city legislature.

The Court held that the second option was what the City was doing, and thus the convictions stand.

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