Judge Claire A. Bradley
Claire A. Bradley was elected to the Kitsap County District Court in 2014. She currently serves as the Presiding Judge. She was raised in New Canaan, Connecticut and graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California in 1993. Judge Bradley came to the Pacific Northwest for law school, and graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 1997.
Judge Bradley served as a Kitsap County Deputy Prosecutor for over 17 years, most of which was spent in the Special Assault Unit prosecuting crimes against children, sexual assault, domestic violence and homicide. She also served as a Chair of Kitsap S.A.I.V.S. (Special Assault Investigations and Victim's Services) for over 14 years. Judge Bradley was also selected to become a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney to federally prosecute the county's most violent offenders in the United States District Court. The last few years of her tenure as a prosecutor were spent as a Chief Deputy Prosecutor in the District and Municipal Court Division.
Judge Bradley has received the 2002 "Law Enforcement Memorial Award," 2003 "YWCA Unity Award," 2010 YWCA "Woman of Achievement Award," 2014 "MADD" Award and has been named a "Rising Star" several times by Washington Law and Politics.
Getting involved in the community is important to Judge Bradley. She served the maximum term as a board member for the Kitsap County Domestic Violence Task Force, she is a Past President of South Kitsap Rotary, is currently the President for United Way of Kitsap County and has volunteered several times for the Kitsap County Veteran's Assistance Program.
Only one year after taking the bench, Judge Bradley has created a new Behavioral Health Court in order to provide a therapeutic response to those in our criminal justice system who suffer from mental health issues.
Judge Bradley lives in Port Orchard with her husband of 18 years and two sons.