Post Office Box 41170 Olympia, WA 98504-1170

(360) 705-5252

Washington State Judicial College

The College

The Education Committee plans and holds the annual Judicial College for newly elected or appointed judges and court commissioners. The College provides for a comprehensive introduction to the bench, providing Washington with some of the best trained judicial officers in the country.

The college also helps connect new judges with mentors and creates a connections to ongoing resources for the new members of the bench.


The Rule – GR26

(b) Judicial College Attendance.

  1. A judicial officer shall attend and complete the Washington Judicial College program within twelve months of the initial appointment or election to the judicial office.
  2. A judicial officer who attended the Washington Judicial College during his or her term of office in a court of limited jurisdiction shall attend and complete the Washington Judicial College within twelve months of any subsequent appointment or election to the Superior Court. A judicial officer who attended the Washington Judicial College during his or her term of office in the Superior Court shall attend and complete the Washington Judicial College within twelve months of any subsequent appointment or election as a judicial officer in a court of limited jurisdiction. A judicial officer who attended the Washington Judicial College during his or her term of office in a superior court or court of limited jurisdiction and is subsequently appointed or elected to an appellate court position is not required to attend the Washington Judicial College.
  3. A judicial officer of a District Court, Municipal Court, Superior Court, or an appellate court, who has been a judicial officer at the time of the adoption of this rule for less than four years but has not attended the Washington Judicial College, shall attend and complete the Washington Judicial College program within twelve months of the adoption of this rule.
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