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Section 10.07.115
 

Title 10 Regulation of Activities

Division I. Penal Code

Chapter 10.07 Offenses Against Governmental Operation

Section 10.07.115 Punitive Sanctions – Fines
  1. Except as otherwise provided in RCW 7.21.050, a punitive sanction for contempt of court may be imposed only pursuant to this section.
    1. An action to impose a punitive sanction for contempt of court shall be commenced by a complaint or information filed by the prosecuting attorney or city attorney charging a person with contempt of court and reciting the punitive sanction sought to be imposed.
    1. If there is probable cause to believe that a contempt has been committed, the prosecuting attorney or city attorney may file the information or complaint on his own initiative or at the request of a person aggrieved by the contempt.
    1. A request that the prosecuting attorney or the city attorney commence an action under this section may be made by a judge presiding in an action or proceeding to which a contempt relates. If required for the administration of justice, the judge making the request may appoint a special counsel to prosecute an action to impose a punitive sanction for contempt of court. A judge making a request pursuant to this subsection shall be disqualified from presiding at the trial.
    1. If the alleged contempt involves disrespect to or criticism of a judge, that judge is disqualified from presiding at the trial of the contempt unless the person charged consents to the judge presiding at the trial.
  1. The court may hold a hearing on a motion for a remedial sanction jointly with a trial on an information or complaint seeking a punitive sanction.
  1. A punitive sanction may be imposed for past conduct that was a contempt of court even though similar present conduct is a continuing contempt of court.
  1. If the defendant is found guilty of contempt of court under this section, the court may impose for each separate contempt of court a fine of not more than five thousand dollars or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year, or both. (RCW 7.21.040)

 

Date Passed: Monday, June 4, 2007

Effective Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Recodification ORD C34041 Section 1