Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill authorizing a third Superior Court judge for Mason County.
Mason County has been in need of a third judge due to trial backlogs and "growing frustrations from citizens about trial delays," according to a news release from Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch.
Sheldon, who introduced the bill, became aware of the need for a third trial judge after being elected Mason County commissioner in 2005, according to the release.
"This bill is a great example of how my job as a state senator supports the work I do on the county level and vice-versa, it's a mutually beneficial situation and the result is stronger, more targeted legislation for the residents of the 35th District."
Mason County has grown by more than 20,000 people since its court expanded to two Superior Court judges 22 years ago.
The cost for the third judge will be shared between Mason County and the state, the release states. The bill was signed by Gov. Inslee Monday, and its change takes effect June 12, according to the release.
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