City of Spokane, Proposition 2
Proposition 2 will formalize the city’s municipal court in the city charter.
Currently, the court is described only in the city’s municipal code. If approved by voters, the court will be enshrined in the charter, which is the city’s basic guiding document and can only be amended by a vote of the people.
The municipal court has limited jurisdiction over criminal misdemeanor and civil infractions such as parking violations, drunken driving, domestic violence assaults and minor theft.
Howard Delaney, the court’s administrator, said the ballot measure is “really just housekeeping and formalizing what was done by ordinance previously.”
“All this is doing is continuing to formalize the court by putting it in the charter, because it is a branch of government,” said Delaney. “The mayor is detailed in the charter. The council is detailed there. Now the court will be.”