Judge Dalton graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor's in Business Administration Degree. She later earned her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law [formerly University of Puget Sound School of Law] and was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 1984.
Judge Dalton practiced law for 24 years prior to being elected to the Superior Court bench in 2008. She was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Norm Maleng at the King County prosecutor's office until her move to Kitsap County in 1991. She then worked in private practice, opening her own successful law office in 1995. She also served as a Judge pro tem in Seattle Municipal court, Suquamish tribal court and district courts in Jefferson, Kitsap and King Counties.
Judge Dalton was very actively involved in community work before her election. Among her long history of volunteer activities she served as a board member for the Kitsap Humane Society, volunteered with Hospice of Clallam County and was a member of the Kitsap Homebuilders Association. She also taught as an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University in Employment Law.
Judge Dalton was also very involved in the legal community before taking the bench. During her career, she taught continuing legal education courses and in-house continuing education courses to Deputy Prosecutors and attorneys. She has served on the Washington State Bar Association's Rules Committee and also served for many years as an Executive Board member of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys where she was awarded the President's Award for Distinguished Service to the Organization.
Since taking the bench, Judge Dalton has been successively appointed to several terms on the Judicial Information System Commission and serves on the legislatively mandated steering committee which supervises the deployment of a state wide case management system replacing SCOMIS. In addition, Judge Dalton is a member of the BECCA task force and worked with local schools to improve the juvenile court's response to truancy petitions. She continues to be a member of the Superior Court Judge's Criminal Law committee and technology committee and is committed to improving access to the courts through innovative uses of technology.
Judge Dalton was born in Oxford, England and raised in a Military family. She is an avid scuba diver.