As I write this brief column, I want to wish all of you a truly happy and prosperous New Year. It has been a good but extremely busy year for Superior Court.
As I explained last month, we are being joined by six new colleagues and, as a result of that and the beginning of a new year, several assignments are changing. I won't give you all the changes, but will try to summarize the main ones.
In Seattle, Judge Ron Kessler continues as chief criminal judge, but Judge Jim Rogers becomes the new assistant chief criminal judge. Former Assistant Chief Criminal Judge Theresa Doyle will be assigned to the civil calendar in Seattle. Judges Bill Downing, Jean Rietschel and Timothy Bradshaw rotate off the Unified Family Court (UFC) calendar (Judge Bradshaw was in Kent) and on to the criminal calendar. Judge Ken Schubert also is assigned to the criminal calendar in Seattle.
On the civil calendar in Seattle, Judge Laura Inveen steps down as chief civil judge and new Assistant Presiding Judge Susan Craighead assumes that job along with her other duties. This means that general civil motions that previously were noted before Judge Inveen will need to be noted before Judge Craighead beginning this month. In addition, Judge Jeffrey Ramsdell is assigned to the civil calendar after two years in UFC.
Judge Greg Canova continues as our Seattle Drug Court judge and Judge Cheryl Carey combines her role as Maleng Regional Justice Center Drug Court judge with her new job as chief MRJC judge. She will be joined in Kent by Judge Carol Schapira and new judges Bill Bowman, Elizabeth Berns and Sue Parisien. Judge Mary Roberts, who served as chief MRJC judge for the past three years, will remain in Kent.
Unified Family Court sees a number of changes. Judge Deborah Fleck will remain as chief judge and will continue in Kent. She will be joined there by Judge Regina Cahan and Judge Brian Gain. Four judges have been assigned to UFC in Seattle: Judge Laura Inveen, Judge Palmer Robinson, Judge Judith Ramseyer and Judge Sean O'Donnell.
Last, but in no way least, Juvenile Court sees Judge Hollis Hill assigned to handle both offender and dependency cases.
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