Legal help for the poor was a top issue for Chief Justice Barbara Madsen in her State of the Judiciary Address today.
In her speech to a joint session of the state legislature, Madsen called for lawmakers to make all judge positions elected, advocated work to root out bias in the justice system and pointed out the financial hardships faced by municipal courts during the recession.
“The state of the Washington judiciary remains strong but stretched thin,” said Madsen.
Madsen also emphasized the importance of the courts in democracy and the low levels of state funding that local-level courts receive. …