Seattle Municipal Court Judges

The Seattle Municipal Court's judges are elected to judicial departments for a four-year term. 

Photo of Seattle Municipal Court Judges

Standing, Left to Right:
Honorable Damon Shadid, Honorable Anita Crawford-Willis, Honorable Adam Eisenberg, Honorable Willie Gregory

Sitting, Left to Right:
Honorable Ed McKenna, Honorable Karen Donohue*, Honorable C. Kimi Kondo

Not Pictured: Honorable Faye Chess

*Hon. Karen Donohue left the court in March 2018 for a judicial appointment with King County Superior Court.

Judges' Role and Responsibilities

The majority of the Seattle Municipal Court Judges' time is dedicated to jury trials and pre-trial hearings. They also hear sentencings, arraignments, reviews, non-jury (bench) trials and can perform Marriage Ceremonies.

Presiding Judge

Every other year, the judges select one judge to act as the Presiding Judge for a two-year term. Honorable Ed McKenna is currently serving as Presiding Judge.

The Presiding Judge's responsibilities include:

  • Oversee the Magistrates
  • Lead the management and administration of the court's business
  • Recommend policies and procedures that improve the court's effectiveness
  • Allocate resources that maximize the court's ability to resolve disputes fairly and expeditiously
  • Determine judicial assignments

2018 Judicial Assignments

Hon. Ed McKenna, Presiding Judge
Hon. Willie Gregory, Assistant Presiding Judge

Courtroom 302: Hon. Faye Chess Intake (Wednesday Afternoon)
Courtroom 901: Hon. Damon Shadid Mental Health Court
Courtroom 902: Hon. Adam Eisenberg Domestic Violence Court
Courtroom 903: Hon. Damon Shadid General Trial
Courtroom 1001: Hon. C. Kimi Kondo Domestic Violence/General Trial
Courtroom 1002: Hon. Anita Crawford-Willis General Trial
Courtroom 1003: Hon. Ed McKenna Master Calendar
Courtroom 1101: Hon. Willie Gregory General Trial/Veterans Treatment
Courtroom 1102: Dark
Courtroom 1103: Hon. Faye Chess Pretrial
Courtroom KCJ2: Hon. Faye Chess In-custody Arraignments