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, Honorable Andrea Chin

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

**Hon. C. Kimi Kondo retired as of January 2019

Judges' Role and Responsibilities

The majority of the Seattle Municipal Court Judges' time is dedicated to jury trials and pretrial 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

2019 Judicial Assignments

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

Courtroom 302: Rotating Judge - 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. Andrea Chin 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/Domestic Violence Court
Courtroom 1102: Rotating Judge
Courtroom 1103: Hon. Faye Chess General Trial
Courtroom KCJ2: Rotating Judge In-custody Arraignments