Gov. Chris Gregoire recently announced the appointments of former District Court Judge Barbara Linde and Commissioner Lori Kay Smith to the King County Superior Court.
Judge Linde most recently served as King County District Court chief presiding judge. She replaces Judge Philip G. Hubbard, Jr., who announced his retirement from the bench effective January 3. Judge Smith will take over the seat of Justice Steven C. González, who was appointed to the Washington Supreme Court effective January 1.
"Judge Linde brings a demonstrated ability to thoughtfully decide cases that come before her and also to contribute to the administration of the court," Gov. Gregoire said. "She is committed to serving the citizens of King County well in all aspects of the courts' work."
Gov. Gregoire also lauded Judge Smith's "tremendous track record of success. Her professionalism, combined with her compassion, has earned the respect of her judicial colleagues and those who have stood before her. I welcome her to this new position."
"I have loved serving the people of King County as a District Court judge for the past 17 years, and treating every person with respect, ensuring fairness, and making justice a reality," Judge Linde said. "I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to continue that service on the King County Superior Court bench."
Judge Linde started her legal career with the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office where she worked on felony prosecutions in Superior Court, trying about 100 felony jury trials to verdict, including a number of murder prosecutions. Some of her work was in the Special Assault Unit handling sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence cases.
"Judge Linde has been a dynamic and courageous leader as chief presiding judge for King County District Court at a time when the courts of our state are facing unprecedented challenges," said Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen. "Judge Linde will bring the same wisdom, experience and leadership she has demonstrated in the district court to her new role as a judge in the King County Superior Court."
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