MEMORANDUM DECISION AND ORDER - 3
Judge Andrea Darvas
King County Superior CourtMaleng Regional Justice Center 401 Fourth Avenue N.Kent, WA 98032(206) 296-9270
12345678910111213141516171819202122232425for care and supervision of their children. High School seniors who plan to graduate nextsummer, and who have made or are in the process of making plans for college, have concernsover being able to graduate on time. Classified (non-teacher) employees of the District are not being paid while school is not in session. The longer the strike continues, the greater the degreeof harm that is occurring.Court orders are meaningless unless they are enforced. Courts have both statutory andinherent power to enforce their orders. RCW 7.21.030;
King v. Department of Social and Health Services
, 110 Wn.2d 793, 800 (1988).Refusal to obey a court order is a sign of disrespect for our free institutions. It is a signof disrespect for the Court
the very institution of government that exists to protect rights,liberties and access to justice for all people, regardless of their wealth, status or background. Itis a poor example to set for the young people who are looking to their teachers as role modelsfor how to behave in a society that is founded on the rule of law.For these reasons, it is herebyORDERED as follows:1.
The KEA hereby is fined $1,500 per day and the teachers who have refused to
comply with this Court’s September 3, 2009 Order are fined $200 per
day each, for each daythey fail to comply with the September 3, 2009 Order, from September 8, 2009 onward. Thefines are to be paid into the registry of the King County Superior Court.2.
Imposition of these fines shall be suspended until Monday, September 14, andshall not take effect if the defendant teachers are prepared, available, present, and ready to teachschool during regularly scheduled school hours on September 14, 2009 and on each regularly