The Municipal Court of Seattle's seven judges are elected to judicial departments for a four year term.
The majority of their workload is dedicated to jury trials and pre-trial hearings. The judges also hear sentencings, arraignments, reviews, and non-jury (bench) trials. The Court's judicial officers are also empowered by the laws of the State of Washington to perform Marriage Ceremonies.
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Every other year, the judges select one judge to act a Presiding
Judge for a two year term. The Presiding Judge is responsible for administrative operations and judicial departments, including Magistrate
Operations. Honorable Karen Donohue is currently serving as the Court's Presiding Judge.
To learn more about the roles and responsibilities of a Presiding
Judge, please review Washington State Courts General Rule 29.