Washington Trial Locations for Public Offenses, Amendment to Article I Sec. 22 (1922)

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Amendment 10, a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment to the Washington State Constitution, was on the November 7, 1922 ballot in the State of Washington, where it was approved.

Amendment 10 amended Article I, Section 22 of the Washington Constitution. It was the 10th amendment approved to the Washington State Constitution subsequent to its adoption in 1889.

Election results

Amendment 10
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 122,972 60.15%
No81,45739.85%

Before Amendment 10

Before voters approved Amendment 10 in 1922, Section 22 of Article I said:

"In criminal prosecution, the accused shall have the right to appear and defend in person, and by counsel, to demand the nature and cause of the accusation against him, to have a copy thereof, to testify in his own behalf, to meet the witnesses against him face to face, to have compulsory process to compel the attendance of witnesses in his own behalf, to have a speedy public trial by an impartial jury of the county in which the offense is alleged to have been committed, and the right to appeal in all cases; and, in no instance, shall any accused person before final judgment be compelled to advance money or fees to secure the rights herein guaranteed."

After Amendment 10

After voters approved Amendment 10 in 1922, Section 22 of Article I said:

"In criminal prosecutions the accused shall have the right to appear and defend in person, or by counsel, to demand the nature and cause of the accusation against him, to have a copy thereof, to testify in his own behalf, to meet the witnesses against him face to face, to have compulsory process to compel the attendance of witnesses in his own behalf, to have a speedy public trial by an impartial jury of the county in which the offense is charged to have been committed and the right to appeal in all cases: Provided, The route traversed by any railway coach, train or public conveyance, and the water traversed by any boat shall be criminal districts; and the jurisdiction of all public offenses committed on any such railway car, coach, train, boat or other public conveyance, or at any station or depot upon such route, shall be in any county through which the said car, coach, train, boat or other public conveyance may pass during the trip or voyage, or in which the trip or voyage may begin or terminate. In no instance shall any accused person before final judgment be compelled to advance money or fees to secure the rights herein guaranteed."

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