Washington Law Review


Need for adjustments in the structure and operation of the judiciary is occasioned by the same factors that require modification of other institutions and is more accurately described as a continuing process than as a response to a specific crisis. In recent years, however, demands upon existing judicial resources have burgeoned, and it has been said that the "old ways of doing things are clearly inadequate to meet the burdens imposed on our courts by the 'law explosion' of the mid-20th century." The legitimacy of these demands already has been recognized in Washington. Partial reform of the courts of limited jurisdiction was accomplished in 1961, and a court of appeals was created in 1969. Since no one assumed those two steps alone would resolve all the problems presented, Washington became an active participant in the National Center for State Courts when it was organized. The state also has been aided twice by the citizen conference series sponsored in part by the American Judicature Society. It was during the second of these two conferences that S.J.R. 113, the proposal to place a new judicial article in the state constitution, was developed. The purpose of this article is to discuss some of the provisions of that proposal.

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