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Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen gives State of the Judiciary Address

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.

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Morning update: Day 3

Good morning on Day 3 of the 105-day legislative session, an icy, slushy day at the Capitol Campus.

  • A day after Gov. Chris Gregoire gave her State of the State address, lawmakers will hear from Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen for a State of the Judiciary address. The 11:30 a.m. speech will be in the Senate. Madsen will talk about the effects of the recession on the justice system.
  • Committees are starting to take up bills for public hearings. The House State Government Committee is meeting now and expects to hear testimony on whether to accept ballots

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Supreme Court hears cases on Attorney General Rob McKenna

State Supreme Court justices are considering the limits of Rob McKenna‘s power.

The attorney general’s authority is the subject of two cases that came before the court today for oral arguments. In one, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes has challenged McKenna’s participating in a challenge of the federal health care overhaul. In the other, Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark is trying to force McKenna to continue to represent him in a legal case involving condemnation of state trust lands.

Twenty state attorneys general are suing over the health care bill. Among other arguments, they say the federal government doesn’t have the

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