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Seattle Municipal Court

Judge Position 6

Faye Chess

Faye Chess

P.O. Box 18875

Seattle, WA 98118

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Legal/Judicial Experience:  Current Seattle Municipal 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:  University of Cincinnati College of Law; Purdue University.


Community Service:  Greater Seattle Chapter of Links, Inc., Seattle Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., St. Paul School's School Board Commission, and UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Leadership Council.


Statement:  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.  The judges who sit in this courthouse should been able to discern the programs the court is able to institute that will insure meaningful access to the judicial system with competent legal representation, property trained interpreters, placement of reasonable accommodations, and disseminate information on the availability of community resources such as housing, clothing, and health care especially for those facing economic hardships.  As a judge in this courthouse, I will insure Seattle Municipal Court fulfills this obligation.


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 30 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.


As a judge recently appointed by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and confirmed by City Council, I am excited to have the opportunity to continue serving the citizens of Seattle.

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