King County logo

Southeast Electoral District

Judge Position 5

Virginia M. Amato

Virginia M. Amato

PO Box 23011

Seattle, WA 98102

(206) 551-3395

Education: JD, Gonzaga University School of Law; MS, University of Idaho; BA, Eastern Washington University
Occupation: Judge Pro Tem, Criminal Defense Attorney, Former Prosecutor

Virginia M. Amato has nearly 25 years of experience in District and Municipal Courts across Washington and has served as a Pro-Tem Judge in King County.


Although the American justice system is not perfect it is the foundation of a fair and just society. Our courts hold out the promise of a reliable, accessible and impartial forum where constitutional rights will be protected and that these important decisions will be made by judges or juries who are motivated not by bias, money or influence, but rather by the responsibility to apply the law fairly and impartially.


Although King County District Court is a court of limited jurisdiction. District courts have jurisdiction over both criminal and civil cases and do the yeoman's work of the courts in our state.


Virginia aspires to be a Judge who recognizes that not all parties in her court come with the same resources, opportunities, and experiences. Because of these differences, each person appearing in her court needs to be heard and treated fairly and equally and that as a person they matter.


Virginia is rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by the King County Bar Association, the Cardoza Society, Q-Law and Washington Women Lawyers.

13 en-US Production

TTY: Relay 711

Sign up for email or text notifications