The Spokane County Board of Commissioners have adopted the following process/time frame in conjunction with making an appointment to fill the present vacancy on the Spokane County District Court:
Candidates seeking appointment must submit to the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners a completed Washington State Governor’s Office Uniform Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire. A copy of the questionnaire is available in the offices of the Spokane County Bar Association, the Board of County Commissioners at 1116 W. Broadway Avenue, and on the Spokane County website beginning on Monday, August 15, 2016, at www.spokanecounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/10391.
Completed questionnaires must be received by the Clerk of the Board on or before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 12, 2016.
All candidates will be asked to confirm that if appointed to fill a vacant position, they will file a declaration of candidacy for the position at the next regularly scheduled election for the full term of the position.
All candidates must satisfy the eligibility and qualifications set forth in RCW 3.34.060.
In addition, the Spokane County Bar Association through the Judicial Evaluation Panel has agreed to complete interviews and ratings consistent with its Judicial Evaluation Resolution and intends to submit ratings to the Board of County Commissioners on or before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2016. The Board of County Commissioners will determine at a later date when their interviews/deliberations will take place and an appointment made.
The voting membership of the Spokane County Bar Association has been e-mailed a poll asking the voting membership to evaluate those candidates who've agreed to participate in the poll and are vying for the Spokane County Superior Court Judicial positions in two contested races.
To review the candidates' submitted statements and completed Washington State Governor's Office Uniform Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire, click on the indivuduals names below:
The Spokane County Clerk's office will close on Wednesday afternoon, May 18, 2016, starting at 2:00 p.m. Superior Court will remain open and the Clerk's Office will continue to support Superior Court during the closure. The office will reopen for normal business hours on Thursday, May 19th . We apologize for any inconvenience this closure may cause.
The Superior Court and Clerk's Office are implementing a comprehensive state -directed Case Management System. As the keeper of public legal records, the Clerk's Office will require extensive training and process development during this new comprehensive system upgrade. For more information, contact the Clerk's Office at 509.477.2211.
The Swearing-in Ceremony is scheduled for April 28, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. in Superior Courtroom 301. A reception will be held in the Jury Assembly Room following the ceremony. More information to follow.
Gov. Jay Inslee today appointed Julie M. McKay to the Spokane County Superior Court. McKay is currently a Spokane County Superior Court Commissioner and has served in that role since 2014.
“Julie has extensive experience working in and around Spokane County. She knows this community well and will be an outstanding addition to the bench,” Inslee said. “She has a reputation for excellence and hard work and I am proud to appoint her to this role.”
McKay was rated at “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by the Spokane County Bar Association during the evaluation process.
Prior to her work as a County Superior Court Commissioner, McKay led a general civil and family law practice in Spokane. McKay has also served as a municipal prosecutor and a criminal defense lawyer in the area. She graduated with her bachelor's degree from Eastern Washington University and earned her law degree from the Gonzaga University School of Law.
McKay will replace retiring Judge Kathleen O'Connor, currently the state's longest serving judicial officer. O'Connor has honorably served the people of Spokane County since 1979.
“Kathleen O'Connor has served an impressive term and has a tremendous record,” Inslee said. “Her expertise and standing in the community have been appreciated by many. I wish her the best in her well-deserved retirement.”
McKay's appointment is effective beginning in February 2016.