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City of Renton

Municipal Court Judge Position No. 2

Kara Murphy Richards

Kara Murphy Richards

PO BOX 27113


(425) 272-5495

Education: Saint Mary’s College, B.A. University of Notre Dame Law School, JD
Occupation: Renton Municipal Court, Presiding Judge

Judge Kara Murphy Richards looks forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Renton as the court’s Presiding Judge. Appointed in 2019 by Mayor Law (Ret.) to start Renton’s first Community Court, Kara has a public service career that spans more than 30 years. She has served as a Social Worker, Probation Officer, Domestic Violence Victim Advocate, Prosecuting Attorney and Judge Pro Tem. Prior to her appointment, Kara’s eleven years of service in Renton illustrate her commitment to this community. 


Kara and her husband Craig live in the Renton Highlands. They have six adult children, five grandkids and two beloved dogs. A former board member for Mary’s Place and Athletes for Kids, Kara also spent time in Renton Rotary, coaching Mock Trial at a local high school, teaching Divorce Care, supporting local programs for homeless women and children and doing public speaking on a variety of topics. 

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