Committee approves bill to add judges to Benton County court

Measure expected to relieve court backlog of cases

The House Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved a measure sponsored by Rep. Brad Klippert that would provide for two additional Benton County District Court judges, bringing the total serving on the court to five judges. The vote was 11-0.

It's the freshman legislator's first bill of the session to pass a committee. Klippert, R-Kennewick, said he's pleased the committee recognized the importance of House Bill 1204.

“This would increase efficiency and functionality in the Benton County District Court. It would allow the county to eliminate two court commissioner positions and create two additional judge positions, which would increase the ability of the district court to provide for a speedy trial as required by law,” said Klippert. “It would not cost the state any additional money. And it would ensure justice is promptly served for the defendants and for the citizens of Benton County.”

The measure will now be sent to the House Rules Committee for further consideration.


Washington State House Republican Communications