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Port Orchard WA 98366

Judge Jennifer A. Forbes
Department No. 7

Judge Forbes' Departmental Calendar will begin at 2:30 p.m. for the remainder of 2017 and 2018.

Judge Forbes is a graduate of Whitman College with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, 1993.  In 1996, she earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Seattle University.

Judge Forbes is currently the Dependency Drug Court Judge.  In 2015 Judge Forbes served as the Domestic Relations Presiding Judge.  In 2013 Judge Forbes served as Judge Pro Tem for the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II. Prior to being elected to the bench, Judge Forbes practiced law in Kitsap and Pierce Counties for 16 years.   Judge Forbes practiced Criminal and Civil Law in both the public and private sectors.  Her principle practice areas were: Criminal Prosecution and Defense, Civil Litigation, Land Use/Environmental Law, and Municipal Law.   In the seven years preceding her election, Judge Forbes served as a judge pro tem in multiple courts throughout Kitsap County, and was the Court Commissioner for the Bremerton Municipal Court in 2012.

Judge Forbes values community service.  Over her twenty years in Kitsap County, she has volunteered extensively in the community.  Her many community activities include:  Poulsbo Rotary, YMCA, Kitsap County Shoreline Master Program Task Force, Leadership Kitsap, Adult Leader/Facilitator - National Youth Congress, Westsound Red Cross Leadership Council, Kitsap County P.A.L.S. Mentor Program, United Way - Day of Caring, Commission on Children and Youth, and Attorney Mentor for Kitsap County Youth Court.

Judge Forbes remains an active member of the legal community.  She currently serves as the District II Trustee for the Superior Court Judges Association (SCJA) Board of Trustees, and as a member of the SCJA/DMCJA Joint Security Committee.  Judge Forbes previously served on the Washington State Superior Court Judges Associationís Technology Committee and Civil Rules Committee.  As a practicing attorney she served on the Board of the Kitsap County Bar Association as President (2012), Vice President (2011), Secretary (2010), and Trustee (2009).  She was also a member of the following professional associations:  Pierce County Bar Association, Washington Women Lawyers, Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys.

Judge Forbes received a YWCA Women of Achievement Award in 2014, is a Fellow of the 2012 Washington State Judicial Institute, and was the recipient of both the American Red Cross 2007 Real Heroes Spirit of Involvement Award and American Red Cross 2008 Exemplary Service Award.

Judge Forbes' Law Clerk:
Marcus Hauer 360-337-4465


Last Updated:  June 13, 2017


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