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In the realm of legal proceedings, understanding specific statutes is crucial for both legal professionals and the general public. One such statute, RCW 10.19.110, holds particular significance in the state of Washington. This law outlines the procedures following the forfeiture of recognizances before a district judge or magistrate.

What is RCW 10.19.110?


RCW 10.19.110 is a statute from the Revised Code of Washington. It dictates that all forfeited recognizances taken before any district judge or magistrate must be certified to the clerk of the superior court of the county. The prosecuting attorney is then mandated to take action against all individuals bound in these recognizances.

The Importance of Recognizance Forfeiture

Recognizance forfeiture is a significant event in legal proceedings. It occurs when a person fails to meet the conditions of their recognizance – essentially a pledge made to the court, often in bail situations. When such forfeitures occur, RCW 10.19.110 ensures a systematic approach to addressing the issue, thereby upholding legal accountability and order.

Role of the Prosecuting Attorney

Under RCW 10.19.110, the prosecuting attorney plays a pivotal role. Upon certification of the forfeited recognizances, the prosecuting attorney must act against those bound by these recognizances. This action is crucial in maintaining the integrity of the legal system, ensuring that individuals adhere to the conditions set by the court.

Implications for the Public

For the public, understanding RCW 10.19.110 underscores the importance of complying with court conditions. It serves as a reminder of the legal obligations and potential consequences when these obligations are not met. This awareness can guide individuals in their interactions with the legal system.


RCW 10.19.110, though specific in nature, reflects the broader principles of accountability and order in the legal system. Its provisions for dealing with forfeited recognizances emphasize the seriousness of legal commitments and the role of the legal system in enforcing them.

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