Municipal Court Judge - Bainbridge Island

10/24/2023 10:42 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

The City of Bainbridge Island invites applications from qualified attorneys who are interested in serving as the presiding judge of the Bainbridge Island Municipal Court. The municipal judge is appointed by the city manager, subject to confirmation by the city council. The selected applicant will fulfill the term of the departing judge, which ends December 31, 2025.

This is a half-time (20 hours per week) position.

Pursuant to the requirements of Washington State General Rule (GR) 29, the Bainbridge Island Municipal Court judge must be responsible for leading the management and administration of the court’s business, developing and implementing policies and procedures that improve the court’s effectiveness, and allocating resources to maximize the court’s ability to resolve disputes fairly and expeditiously.

The Bainbridge Island Municipal Court has jurisdiction over all misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors that violate city ordinances and state laws through adoption by reference. The court also has jurisdiction over civil infractions that violate city ordinances, Title 46 state traffic laws through adoption by reference, and other state laws that specifically confer municipal court jurisdiction. The Bainbridge Island Municipal Court is a federally-designated passport agent and processes 450 applications per year.

The Bainbridge Island Municipal Court is staffed by a Court Administrator, two Senior Judicial Specialists and a part-time Judicial Specialist.

The salary of the Bainbridge Island Municipal Court judge is a pro-rated amount of the District Court Judge salary as established by the State of Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials. The City provides a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage for the employee and any qualified dependents.

The City will begin first review of applications at 4 pm on October 26, 2023. Applications received after this deadline may be considered at the discretion of the City.

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