Washington Supreme Court By The Numbers:


Former prosecutor

Former public defender

Both a former prosecutor & public defender

  • 9 total seats
  • 0 current vacancies
  • 4 prosecutors
  • 4 public defenders
  • 2 Justices are both a former prosecutor & public defender
  • 0 Justices have other indigent defense experience
  • 0 civil rights lawyers

How Members of the Washington Supreme Court are Selected:

Nonpartisan Election

Justices are selected and re-selected in nonpartisan elections to six-year terms. Interim selections to fill vacancies that occur between elections are made by governor appointment.

Selection method sources:

Ballotpedia, Judicial Election Methods By State; Brennan Center for Justice, Judicial Selection: An Interactive Map