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.
Photo of Seattle Municipal Court Magistrates

Standing, Left to Right
Honorable Francis Devilla*, Honorable Mary Lynch, Honorable Robert Chung

Seated, Left to Right
Honorable Faye Chess**, Honorable Park Eng

Not Pictured
Honorable Jennifer Cruz, Honorable Jerome Roaché

*Honorable Francis Devilla retired in November 2018.**Honorable Faye Chess has been appointed to the position of judge.

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.