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Supreme Court

Article IV, State Constitution; RCW 2.04, 4.88

The Supreme Court is the state's highest court and serves as the final rule-making body for all other state courts. The court publishes opinions; sets precedents for subsequent cases decided in Washington; has original jurisdiction of petitions against state officers; reviews key trial court decisions; and provides continuing guidance for the judiciary. In addition, the Supreme Court has administrative responsibility for the state court system and supervisory responsibility over certain activities of the Washington State Bar Association, including attorney disciplinary matters.

Agency Mission

The Supreme Court, pursuant to Article IV, Section 4 of the Washington State Constitution and Chapter 2.04 RCW, is the state's "court of last resort" and is responsible for administering the judicial branch of state government. The court's mission remains one of providing an independent, accessible, and responsive forum for the just resolution of disputes.
Request 18,273,000
Net change from current biennium 1,865,000 Increase
Percent change from current biennium 11.4% Increase

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2017-19 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2015-17 Actual 2017-19 Estimated 2019-21 Proposed
15,737,000 General Fund - Basic Account - State 15,079,071 15,737,000 17,599,000
671,000 Pension Funding Stabilization Acct - State 671,000 674,000
16,408,000 Total Appropriated Funds 15,079,071 16,408,000 18,273,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 7,534,982 7,962,291 3,242,610 9,104,000 9,169,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
1,317,258 9.6% (3,874,170) (25.7%) 7,068,099 63.1%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2016-17 Actual 2017-18 Estimated 2018-19 Estimated 2019-20 Proposed 2020-21 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 62.3 62.3 61.8 60.9 60.9