SCJA I President
Our President, Judge Jennifer A. Forbes
Judge Forbes is a graduate of Whitman College with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, 1993. In 1996, she earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Seattle University.
Judge Forbes is currently the Assistant Presiding Judge for Kitsap County Superior Court. Between 2016 and 2018 Judge Forbes served as the Family Dependency Drug Court Judge. In 2015 Judge Forbes served as the Domestic Relations Presiding Judge. In 2013 Judge Forbes served as Judge pro tem for the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II. Prior to being elected to the bench, Judge Forbes practiced law in Kitsap and Pierce Counties. Judge Forbes practiced Criminal and Civil Law in both the public and private sectors. Her principle practice areas were: Criminal Prosecution and Defense, Civil Litigation, Land Use/Environmental Law, and Municipal Law. In the seven years preceding her election, Judge Forbes served as a judge pro tem in multiple courts throughout Kitsap County, and was the Court Commissioner for the Bremerton Municipal Court in 2012.
Judge Forbes remains an active member of the legal community. Prior to becoming the SCJA President, Judge Forbes served as President-Elect 2021-2022, co-chair of the SCJA Legislative Committee (2020-2021), Sub-Committee Chair of the BJA Court Security Taskforce, and was the District II Trustee from 2017-2020. She is currently the chair of the SCJA Unrepresented Litigant Ad Hoc Workgroup. She has previously served on the SCJA/DMCJA Joint Security Committee, the Washington State Superior Court Judges Association’s Technology Committee, and the Civil Rules Committee. Judge Forbes currently chairs the Kitsap County Courthouse Security Committee, Civil, and Rules Committees. As a practicing attorney she served on the Board of the Kitsap County Bar Association as President (2012), Vice President (2011), Secretary (2010), and Trustee (2009). She was also a member of the following professional associations: Pierce County Bar Association, Washington Women Lawyers, Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys.