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.
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.
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 Samuel S. Chung
Judge Kristin Ferrera
Immediate Past President
Judge Jennifer A. Forbes
Judge Shelley D. Szambelan
Judge Ken Schubert
Judge Adrienne Thomas McCoy and
Judge Josephine Wiggs
Judge Susan Adams
Judge Laura M. Riquelme
Judge Chris Lanese
Judge Norma Rodriguez
Judge Raymond F. Clary