Washington State Superior Court Judges’ Association

About SCJA

A Brief History of SCJA

The Association of Superior Court Judges was founded in 1933 by state law, RCW 2.16. All currently serving Superior Court Judges are members of the Association, which also includes Court Commissioners and may include retired Judges.

In 2016, legislation was passed that changed the Association’s name to Superior Court Judges’ Association (SCJA), a name that has been historically used for decades.

Judge Kristin Ferrera SCJA President
Judge Kristin Ferrera SCJA President

Our purpose is to provide equal justice for all while accomplishing the purposes enumerated below.

To improve the administration of justice.

To conduct instructive programs whereby higher standards of efficiency and excellence may be obtained and to better equip the superior court judges of Washington in the proper performance of their duties.

To support and implement the canons of judicial ethics.

To promote the interchange of ideas and to encourage cooperation and social contacts among the members of the judiciary.

To promote the objectives of statutes relating to the Association.

To promote better relations with the public and other branches of government.

SCJA Board

The SCJA officers manage the day to day operations of the association in conjunction with the Board Trustees. They also oversee the various committees of the Association.


Judge Kristin Ferrera
King County

President Elect
Judge Cindy A. Larsen
Snohomish County

Immediate Past President
Judge Samuel S. Chung
King County

Judge Indu Thomas
Thurston County

Judge Elisabeth Tutsch
Yakima County


District One
Judge Kristin E. Ballinger and
Judge Josephine Wiggs

District Two
Judge Susan Adams

District Three
Judge Jennifer R. Langbehn

District Four
Judge Christine Schaller

District Five
Judge Norma Rodriguez

District Six
Judge Raymond F. Clary