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