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City of Kent

Municipal Court Judge Position No. 1

Michael R. Frans

Michael R. Frans

12217 4TH AVE SW


(206) 898-6110

Education: J.D. Seattle University School of Law; B.A. Central Washington University.
Occupation: Presiding Judge, Kent Municipal Court

It has been a privilege and an honor to serve the City of Kent as Municipal Court Judge over the last three years.  After nearly 20 years in private practice as a trial lawyer, and two years as a pro tem judge in King County District Court, I was appointed to the position of Court Commissioner in the City of Kent in 2018.  I then assumed the role of sitting judge in January 2019 and took over as presiding judge later that year.    


In 2018, just prior to appointment, I was given the highest judical rating of "Exceptionally Well Qualified" by the King County Bar Association.  In 2020, I was given the "Exceptionally Well Qualified" rating by the Loren Miller Bar Association; the Latina/o Bar Association; the QLAW Association; the Washington Women Lawyers Bar Association; the Cardozo Society of Washington; and the Joint Asian Judicial Evaluation Committee.  


I strive to have a positive impact in this community every day I take the bench.  I work hard to ensure that all individuals coming before the Court are treated with dignity and respect.  I look forward to serving this community in the years to come.  I respectfully ask for your vote.


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