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Municipal Court Judge Position No. 6

Faye R. Chess

Faye R. Chess

P.O. BOX 18875


Education: University of Cincinnati College of Law; Purdue University
Occupation: Judge

Legal/Judicial Experience:  Seattle Municipal Court Assistant Presiding Judge.  Former Seattle Municipal Court Magistrate Judge. Twenty-two years as a Pro Tem Judge in King County District Court and Seattle Municipal Court. Former in-house attorney and public defender handling cases involving employment and labor, civil rights, school law, landlord-tenant issues, and criminal law.

Other Professional Experience:  Executive Director of Human Resources for a local school district. Human Resources Professional for several non-profit health care organizations.

Education:  Juris Doctorate, University of Cincinnati College of Law; Bachelor of Arts, Purdue University.

Community Service/Organizations: Easterseals WA, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, WA State Minority and Justice Commission, WA State Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee, National Association of Women Judges.


The courts, particularly in a diverse community such as Seattle need to be recognized as institutions that are accessible, impartial, competent, diverse, and preserves the integrity of the criminal system.  Seattle Municipal Court called the people’s court should fulfilled this definition. I bring to the bench a wealth of experience in addressing diversity, equity, inclusion, and bias in the educational and work setting.  I have over 22 years of experience serving as a neutral decision maker in the judicial system and almost 25 years as an attorney practicing civil rights, criminal, employment, and labor law.  I have an in-depth and well-rounded understanding of the issues and concerns facing the citizens in Seattle especially for those coming before the court. As a judge, I am a good steward of court resources.  I am respectful of the public, the attorneys, and court staff.  During my career, I have earnestly made every effort at being fair, knowledgeable, reliable, capable, and thorough.  I strive to always bring these same attributes to the bench. I am excited to have the opportunity to continue serving the citizens of Seattle.

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