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City of Kirkland

Municipal Court Judge

John R. Olson

John R. Olson

P.O. BOX 27113


(425) 466-0619

Education: B.A. and M.S., University of Washington; J.D., University of Puget Sound School of Law
Occupation: Kirkland Municipal Court Judge since 2019

Judge John Olson has served the people of Kirkland in a judicial capacity for more than 17 years – first as a Court Commissioner and now as a full-time judge.  Over the past year, he has worked hard to develop a Community Court utilizing existing community resources for housing, addiction recovery, mental health, and education to assist those charged with low level non-violent crimes to get their lives back on track.  Judge Olson believes in the power of community – local people addressing local problems.


Prior to his current judicial work, Judge Olson served area school districts as a hearing officer for student disciplinary matters.


Judge Olson has been endorsed by:  Mayor Penny Sweet, Kirkland Councilmembers Neal Black, Toby Nixon, John Pascal, and former Councilmember Dave Asher; Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu and more than 30 trial court judges; King County Democrats and the 1st, 45th, and 48th District Democrats.

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