Washington Superior Court Jurisdiction, HJR 13 (1952)

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The Washington Superior Court Jurisdiction Amendment, also known as House Joint Resolution 13, was on the November 4, 1952 ballot in Washington as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure allocated the superior courts jurisdiction in cases where the controversy amounted to $1000 or less and allocated the justices of peace jurisdiction in cases where the where the controversy amounted to $300 or less.[1] The measure added Section 6 of Article IV and Section 10 of Article IV to the Washington Constitution.[2]

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Washington HJR 13 (1952)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 389,626 54.66%
No323,13345.34%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Shall Article IV, section 6 of the Constitution be amended to permit superior courts to have original jurisdiction in all eases where the controversy amounts to one thousand dollars or a lesser sum in excess of the jurisdiction granted inferior courts; and shall Article IV, section 10 of the Constitution be amended to permit justices of the peace to have original jurisdiction where the controversy amounts to less than three hundred dollars or such greater sum not to exceed one thousand dollars?[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1952 Voters Pamphlet," accessed September 11, 2013
  2. Washington State Legislature, "Washington State Constitution," accessed September 11, 2013
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.