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Municipal Court Judge Position No. 2

Andrea Chin

Andrea Chin

P.O. BOX 20664


(206) 580-3329

Education: BA, Occidental College; JD, Loyola Law School
Occupation: Seattle Municipal Court Judge

Judge Andrea Chin was elected to the Seattle Municipal Court Bench in November 2018 following 26 years of experience in public service as an Assistant City Attorney with the Seattle City Attorney’s Office.  She has presided over a general trial court, handling arraignments, pretrial hearings, trials, sentencings and post-resolution review hearings.  Her current rotation is the court’s domestic violence calendar.  Seattle Municipal Court is the busiest municipal court in the state.  Due to the court’s heavy interaction with the public, the manner in which it delivers justice is extremely important.  In spite of the high number of cases handled by the court every day, Judge Chin appreciates that every case is unique. She recognizes the importance of deciding the issues fairly and impartially with an understanding of how these decisions will impact those who appear before her.  Often, those who come through the court are struggling with chemical dependency, personal trauma, and/or untreated mental illness.  Judge Chin believes that the judicial system can balance the need for public safety while at the same time offer a helping hand to those who need support.

Judge Chin has deep roots in Seattle.  Her father grew up in the Chinatown-International District, and her mother grew up in a Belltown apartment behind the family laundry business.  She was raised in the Mt. Baker neighborhood and attended Franklin High School.  Judge Chin is a longtime member and past president of the Asian Bar Association of Washington.  She is also a member of the District and Municipal Court Judges’ Association and its Diversity Committee.

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