The Washington Supreme Court is the head of the judicial branch of state government, co-equal with the legislative and executive branches, and it is the state court of last resort. It consists of nine justices serving six-year terms, with three justices being chosen by the voters from a non-partisan judicial ballot at the general election in November of each even-numbered year.
The goal of the Supreme Court is to provide for the prompt and orderly administration of justice by the judiciary and to announce the law on issues properly brought before it. To accomplish this goal, the Court determines cases, publishes opinions, adopts rules of procedure, provides continuing guidance for the admission and supervision of the members of the Bar, and conducts a continuous program of training and guidance for the judiciary.
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