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SALARY: $171,886.50 Annually
OPENING DATE: 07/15/2019
CLOSING DATE: 08/09/2019, 4:00 pm

The Pierce County Superior Court Judges solicit applications at this time for the full-time position of Court Commissioner with an anticipated start date in late October 2019.

Applicant shall complete a Pierce County Personnel Application, Superior Court Supplemental Questionnaire and Release of Information. Only one copy of the application packet is required.

Packets may be obtained from Superior Court Administration, Room 334, County-City Building, Tacoma, Washington 98402, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. or from the http://www.piercecountywa.gov/superior/employment website. 

Applications should include a resume describing education, experience and any other qualifications relating to the position. 

The Supplemental Questionnaire and Release of Information form contains specific questions regarding education and employment history as well as other relevant information in order that the Judges will be able to give appropriate consideration to each applicant.

Applicants must have been admitted to practice law in Washington State a minimum of eight (8) years prior to appointment.

The duties of the Court Commissioner include presiding over: mental illness hearings at designated hospitals; criminal and dependency proceedings at Juvenile Court; adoptions; domestic relations and domestic violence proceedings; firearms surrender; SAPO/VAPO proceedings; guardianship/probate; unlawful detainer; supplemental proceedings; minor settlements.  Duties may also include settlement conferences in appropriate areas and Criminal Division 2 court which includes arraignments, initial extradition hearings, acceptance of guilty pleas/sentence (with stipulation), appointment of counsel, determination of probable cause, set/amend and review conditions of pre-trial release, set bail, set trial and hearing dates, authorize continuances, accept waivers of the right to speedy trial, quash hearings, re-arraignment, review hearings, non-compliance proceedings pursuant to RCW 9.94A.6333.  

Applications will be accepted through Friday, August 9, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. and should be returned to Chris Gaddis, Superior Court Administrator, Room 334, County-City Building, Tacoma, Washington 98402. No late applications will be accepted.


Court Appointed Attorneys in ADA Cases

Pierce County Superior Court is seeking to add to the list of qualified local attorneys who are willing to accept appointment by the court to represent civil litigants with eligible disabilities under GR-33. Appointments under GR-33 are nearly always for disabled individuals who are eligible due to severe psychological or neurological impairments and have subsequently been found after an evaluation and review of healthcare records to qualify for court appointed counsel as an ADA accommodation. The court appointment rate is currently set by Superior Court at $85.00 per hour.

Any attorney who is interested in being placed on the ADA Appointment List, should provide the below listed information to Dea Finigan, Deputy Court Administrator, at Pierce County Superior Court, 930 Tacoma Avenue South, Room 334, Tacoma, WA. 98402. If you have questions please contact Ms. Finigan at (253) 798-4193.

  • Full Name (First, M.I. Last)
  • WSBA#
  • Business Mailing Address
  • Business Physical Address (if different from the mailing address)
  • Business Phone
  • Business Fax
  • Business E-Mail Address
  • Practice Emphasis (i.e. what are your areas of expertise and what types of cases are you willing to accept for court appointment?)
Please Note: Attorneys Who Are Already on the Superior Court Ada List Do Not Need to Re-Apply!!

Volunteer Opportunities

There are no volunteer opportunities with Superior Court at this time.