Judge Jennifer Forbes

Department No. 7

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.

Between 2016 and 2018 Judge Forbes served as the Family 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.   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 more than 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.  Judge Forbes is the current SCJA President-Elect 2021-2022 and will be President 2022-2023.  Judge Forbes currently chairs the State’s Unrepresented Litigant Ad Hoc Workgroup, and previously was the co-chair of the Superior Court Judge’s Association (SCJA) Legislative Committee and served as a Committee Chair of the BJA Court Security Taskforce.  From 2017-2020 she served as District II Trustee for the SCJA.  She has previously served on the SCJA/DMCJA Joint Security Committee, the Washington State Superior Court Judges Association’s Technology Committee, and the Civil Rules Committee.  Judge Forbes currently chairs the Kitsap County Courthouse Security Committee and 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 Paul Harris Fellow, 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