Pierce County

Tacoma , WA
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Judge for District Court

Pierce County
Tacoma, WA Full time
Posted on November 9, 2017

Judge for District Court


SALARY: $161,092.00Annually

OPENING DATE: 11/08/17

CLOSING DATE: 12/01/17 04:30 PM



The mission of Pierce County District Court, as an independent and impartial branch of government, is to promote respect for law, society and individual rights; provide open, accessible and effective forums for dispute resolution; resolve legal matters in a just, efficient and timely manner and assure the dignified and fair treatment of all parties.


Pierce County District Court is a court of limited jurisdiction hearing the following cases:

·         Traffic and non-traffic infractions

·         Criminal and criminal-traffic misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors

·         Civil matters for damages for injury to individuals or personal property and contract disputes no greater than $100,000

·         Small claim matters for recovery of money not to exceed $5,000

·         Name changes

·         Anti-harassment protection orders

·         Stalking protection orders



There is currently a vacancy in Pierce County District Court due to the resignation of Judge James R.



·         Applications will be accepted through December 1, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.


If you have any questions, please call the Council Administrator, Susan Long, or Linda Medley, Legal

Clerk, at 253-798-7777 or email us at PCCOUNCIL@co.pierce.wa.us


District judges--Eligibility and qualifications

To be eligible to file a declaration of candidacy for and to serve as a district court judge, a person


·         Be a registered voter of the district court district and electoral district, if any; and

·         Be either:

(a) A lawyer admitted to practice law in the state of Washington; or

(b) In those districts having a population of less than five thousand persons, a person who has taken and passed by January 1, 2003, the qualifying examination for a lay candidate for judicial officer as provided by rule of the supreme court.


To be considered for this opportunity please:

·         Complete and submit an online Pierce County Employment Application at www.piercecountywa.org/jobs.

·         OPTIONAL: Please submit a Cover Letter, Resume, and Professional References with your online application.

·         If you do not have internet access, you may visit your local public library or any WorkSource location and use their computers.

·         Individuals needing accommodation in the application, testing process or need this job

·         announcement in an alternative format you may call Human Resources at (253) 798-7480, at least two days prior to the need.


Your application form will be reviewed and evaluated for the quality and quantity of education/experience. Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the County's needs will be eligible for further consideration. Notification of application status normally occurs 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date. Short notice may be given to applicants to participate in further selection processes which may include written, oral and performance examinations, and final interviews.


As an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, Pierce County welcomes a diverse workforce. Pierce

County does not discriminate based on race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person.