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Kitsap County Judicial Officials

Kitsap County Judges are elected in even-numbered years. Superior Court Judges are elected in presidential election years, unless there is a vacancy. District Court Judges are elected in non-presidential even-numbered years, also known as midterm election years, unless they are being elected to fill a vacancy. Terms are four years and all races are nonpartisan.  Elections to fill a vacancy in a Superior Court position can be held in odd-numbered years. If only one candidate files to run for a judge position, that candidate is considered elected and the term begins the second Monday in January. If the candidate is elected to fill the remainder of a term, that term begins once the election is certified.


Kitsap County Superior Court

​Office
Countywide
​Name and Contact Information​Term of Office​Date Elected​​Next Election Year and Term​​​​Date Originally Elected or Appointed
​Superior Court Judge Court 1Tina Robinson
614 Division Street, MS-24
Port Orchard, WA 98366

614 Division Street, Room 210
Port Orchard, WA 98366
360-337-7140
Email
​Jan. 2021 - Dec. 2024
Nov. 2020
​2024
4-year term
​Elected
Nov. 2020
​​Superior Court Judge Court 2​Michelle Adams
614 Division Street, MS-24
Port Orchard, WA 98366

614 Division Street, Room 210
Port Orchard, WA 98366
360-337-7140
Email
​​Jan. 2021 - Dec. 2024
​May 2020
​2024
4-year term
Elected 
May 2019
Appointed
​June 1, 2018
​​Superior Court Judge Court 3​Melissa A. Hemstreet
614 Division Street, MS-24
Port Orchard, WA 98366

614 Division Street, Room 210
Port Orchard, WA 98366
360-337-7140
Email
Jan. 2021 - Dec. 2024May 2020
​2024
4-year term
​Appointed 
July 2015
​​Superior Court Judge Court 4​William C. Houser
614 Division Street, MS-24
Port Orchard, WA 98366

614 Division Street, Room 210
Port Orchard, WA 98366
360-337-7140
Email
​​Jan. 2021 - Dec. 2024May 2020
​2024
4-year term
​Appointed 
March 2014
​​Superior Court Judge Court 5​Jeffrey P. Bassett
614 Division Street, MS-24
Port Orchard, WA 98366

614 Division Street, Room 210
Port Orchard, WA 98366
360-337-7140
Email
Jan. 2021 - Dec. 2024​May 2020
​2024
4-year term
​Elected 
Nov. 2016
Appointed 
April 2016
​​Superior Court Judge Court 6​Kevin D. Hull
614 Division Street, MS-24
Port Orchard, WA 98366

614 Division Street, Room 210
Port Orchard, WA 98366
360-337-7140
Email
​Jan. 2021 - Dec. 2024​May 2020
​2024
4-year term
​Appointed 
March 2012
​​Superior Court Judge Court 7​Jennifer A. Forbes
614 Division Street, MS-24
Port Orchard, WA 98366

614 Division Street, Room 210
Port Orchard, WA 98366
360-337-7140
Email
Jan. 2021 - Dec. 2024​May 2020
​2024
4-year term
​Nov. 2012
​​Superior Court Judge Court 8Sally F. Olsen
614 Division Street, MS-24
Port Orchard, WA 98366

614 Division Street, Room 210
Port Orchard, WA 98366
360-337-7140
Email
Jan. 2021 - Dec. 2024May 2020
​2024
4-year term
​Elected 
Sept. 2005
Appointed 
Dec. 2004
Nonpartisan​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

Court History

June 2018 - Michelle Adams appointed as Kitsap County Superior Court Judge, Court 2
May 2018 - Leila Mills retires as Kitsap County Superior Court Judge, Court 2
Feb. 2016 - Jeffery Bassett appointed as Kitsap County Superior Court Judge, Court 5.
Jan. 2016 - Jay Roof retires as Kitsap County Superior Court Judge, Court 5.
July 2015 - Melissa Hemstreet appointed as Kitsap County Superior Court Judge, Court 3.
June 2015 - Anna Laurie retires Kitsap County Superior Court Judge, Court 3​.
March 2014 - William Houser appointed as Kitsap County Superior Court Judge, Court 4.
Jan. 2014 - Steve Dixon; Kitsap County Superior Court Judge, Court 4, appointed to Adams County Superior Court. 
March 2012 - Kevin Hull appointed Kitsap County Superior Court Judge, Court 6.
Feb. 2012 - Russell W. Harman retires as Kitsap County Superior Court Judge, Court 6.

 

Kitsap County District Court

​Office
Countywide
​Name and Contact Information​Term of Office​Date Elected​​​Next Election Year and Term​​​​​Date Originally Elected or Appointed
​District Court Judge Department 1Claire A. Bradley
614 Division Street, Room 106
Port Orchard, WA 98366
360-337-7109​
Email
​Jan. 2019 - Dec. 2022
​Nov. 2018
​2022
4-year term
​Nov. 2014
​​District Court Judge Department 2Jeffrey J. Jahns
614 Division Street, Room 106
Port Orchard, WA 98366
360-337-7109​
Email
​Jan. 2019 - Dec. 2022​Nov. 2018
​​2022
4-year term
​Elected 
Nov. 2010
Appointed 
Feb. 2009
​​District Court Judge Department 3Marilyn Paja
614 Division Street, Room 106
Port Orchard, WA 98366
360-337-7109​
Email
​Jan. 2019 - Dec. 2022​Nov. 2018
2022
4-year term
​Nov. 1998
​​District Court Judge Department 4Kevin P. Kelly
614 Division Street, Room 106
Port Orchard, WA 98366
360-337-7109​
Email
​Jan. 2019 - Dec. 2022​Nov. 2018
2022
4-year term
​Elected ​
Nov. 2018 
Appointed 
June 2017
Nonpartisan​ ​ ​ ​ ​

​Court History

June 2017 - Kevin P. Kelly appointed as Kitsap County District Court Judge, Department 4.
June 2017 - Stephen Holman resigns as Kitsap County District Court Judge, Department 4.
Feb. 2009 - Jeffrey J. Jahns appointed as Kitsap County District Court Judge, Department 2.
Feb. 2009 - W. Daniel Phillips resigns as Kitsap County District Court Judge, Department 2.