Washington Law Review


The compensation paid the judges of both the Supreme Court and the Superior Courts of the State of Washington has remained unchanged since it was set by the Legislature of 1919 (Laws of Washington 1919, Ch. 77, See. 1, page 154) except for a slight adjustment upward with respect to the salaries of Superior Court judges in Class A counties by the Legislature of 1923 (Laws of Washington 1923, Ch. 169, page 545). The many changes that have transpired since 1919, all bearing directly on the question of the adequacy or inadequacy of the judges' salaries as, for example, the increased volume of work demanded of our judges and the raised standards of living throughout the country with the resultant increased cost of living, to mention but two, require that we re-examine the question of judicial salaries in Washington under present conditions.

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