SCJA - About Us

A Brief History of SCJA

The Association of Superior Court Judges was founded in 1933 by state law, RCW 2.16. All currently serving Superior Court Judges are members of the Association, which also includes Court Commissioners and may include retired Judges. 

In 2016, legislation was passed that changed the Association’s name to Superior Court Judges’ Association (SCJA), a name that has been historically used for decades.

President

Judge Judith H. Ramseyer

King County

President Elect

Judge David G. Estudillo

Grant County

Immediate Past President

Judge Kitty-Ann van Doorninck

Pierce County

Secretary

Judge Jackie Shea-Brown

Benton and Franklin Counties

Treasurer

Judge Bryan E. Chushcoff

Pierce County

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Judge Judith H. Ramseyer

Welcome to our new SCJA President,

Judge Judith H. Ramseyer

SCJA President

District One

Judge Veronica Alicea-Galvån and

Judge Karen Donohue

District Two

Judge Edmund Murphy

District Three

Judge Laura M. Riquelme

District Four

Judge Joely O’Rourke

District Five

Judge Samuel P. Swanberg

District Six

Judge Rachelle Anderson

SCJA Officers

The officers manage the day to day operations of the association in conjunction with the Board Trustees. They also oversee the various committees of the Association.

 SCJA Trustees

Our Purpose

  • To improve the administration of justice.
     

  • To conduct instructive programs whereby higher standards of efficiency and excellence may be obtained and to better equip the superior court judges of Washington in the proper performance of their duties.
     

  • To support and implement the canons of judicial ethics.
     

  • To promote the interchange of ideas and to encourage cooperation and social contacts among the members of the judiciary.
     

  • To promote the objectives of statutes relating to the Association.
     

  • To promote better relations with the public and other branches of government.

Our goal is to provide equal justice for all while accomplishing the purposes enumerated above.

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