City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

***Note: Many local criminal codes can now be located under Chapter 10.60 SMC while others are now cited under the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), which was incorporated into the municipal code in 2022. (See SMC 10.58.010). Code Enforcement, including Noise Control and Animal Regulations are located in Chapters 10.62 through 10.74.

Title 05A
Chapter 05A.05
Section 05A.05.040

Title 05A Municipal Court

Chapter 05A.05 Judicial Officers

Section 05A.05.040 Oath – Compensation – Qualifications – Residency
  1. Oath.
    1. Pursuant to RCW 3.50.097, every judge of the municipal court, before entering upon the duties of the office, shall take and subscribe the following oath or affirmation:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Washington, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the judge of the municipal court of the City of Spokane, according to the best of my ability.

    1. The oath shall be filed in the office of the Spokane County auditor and with the city clerk. The judge shall also give such bonds as directed by law.
  1. Compensation.

Pursuant to RCW 3.50.080, the compensation of municipal court judges shall be set by the city council by ordinance with due recognition to the salary of a district court judge as set forth by the state salary commission. The annual base salary shall be ninety five percent of the salary for a district court judge as set by the Washington state citizens’ commission on salaries for elected officials (commission). The salary shall automatically be adjusted on the effective date of the commission’s salary schedule.

  1. Qualifications.

Pursuant to RCW 3.50.040, a person appointed or elected as a full-time or part-time municipal judge shall be a citizen of the United States of America and of the State of Washington, and an attorney admitted to practice law before the courts of record of the State of Washington.

  1. Residency.

Pursuant to RCW 3.50.057, a judge of a municipal court need not be a resident of the City of Spokane, but must be a resident of Spokane County.

Date Passed: Monday, October 28, 2013

Effective Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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