Seattle Municipal Court Magistrates

Seattle Municipal Court employs judicial officers as magistrates to assist with the work of the court. Meet the current Magistrates below and learn more about what they do.
Seattle Municipal Court Magistrates

Standing, Left to Right
Honorable Seth Niesen, Honorable Mary Lynch, Honorable Jerome Roaché,

Seated, Left to Right
Honorable Park Eng, Honorable Robert Chung

Their Role and Responsibilities

The Presiding Judge has the authority to assign work to the magistrates. Their duties and responsibilities can include:

  • Handling contested civil traffic infractions, parking infractions, and various ordinance violations.
  • Presiding over mitigation and contested settlement conferences.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Magistrates are expected to perform their assigned duties and responsibilities in a timely, efficient manner consistent with law, with appropriate judicial demeanor, and respect for the rights of court participants and court personnel. Failure to fulfill any of these duties or responsibilities, as determined by the Presiding Judge, may result in disciplinary action including termination of employment.