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.
Judge Rachelle E. Anderson
Judge Jennifer A. Forbes
Immediate Past President
Judge David G. Estudillo
Judge Shelley D. Szambelan
Judge Timothy L. Ashcraft
Judge Samuel S. Chung and
Judge Karen Donohue
Judge Edmund Murphy
Judge Laura M. Riquelme
Judge Chris Lanese
Judge Samuel P. Swanberg
Judge Charnelle M. Bjelkengren
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.
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.