Family Law Court Commissioner

02/06/2019 7:59 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

OPENING DATE/TIME: 02/01/19 12:00 AM (GMT -8:00)

CLOSING DATE/TIME: 03/08/19 11:59 PM (GMT -8:00)

SALARY: $163,943.00 - $163,943.00 Annually

LOCATION: Multiple locations in King County

JOB TYPE: Regular, Full time, 35 hrs/week

DEPARTMENT: KCSC - Superior Court

JOB NUMBER: 2019-09241


King County Superior Court is recruiting for a current opening for Family Law Commissioner. Qualified candidates may be placed on an eligibility list for future recruitments.

The selected candidate will initially preside over Family Law calendars and may also preside over Ex Parte, Probate, Juvenile Court Dependency and Offender, Involuntary Treatment Act and Criminal Plea calendars as assigned by the Presiding Judge. Commissioners' duties are performed pursuant to RCW 2.24.040, RCW 26.12.060, RCW 28A.225.095, RCW 13.04.021 and RCW 13.34. A commissioner may also be designated to sit as a judge pro tempore from time to time.

This position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not overtime-eligible. This position is at-will and serves at the pleasure of the court.

Who May Apply: This position is open to attorneys licensed to practice in Washington State.

Work Schedule: The hours of work may vary but are typically between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at one of the King County Superior Court facilities, with additional reading required outside of regular court hours.

Work Location: This position may serve in any of the King County Superior Court facilities: King County Courthouse - 516 3rd Ave, Seattle WA 98104; Juvenile Court – 1211 E. Alder, Seattle, WA 98122; Maleng Regional Justice Center, 401 4th Ave. N., Kent, WA 98032; Involuntary Treatment Act Court, 908 Jefferson St., Seattle, WA 98104.

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS REQUIRED: Please include a resume and cover letter describing how you meet or exceed the requirements for this position. The following additional documents are required:

  • Confirmation of Citizenship form, per RCW 2.24.010
  • WSBA Release
  • Criminal Records Background Check form

Electronic versions of these documents may be found at the link below, under "Work for Superior Court":

If you are unable to access these documents electronically, you may obtain them by calling King County Superior Court Human Resources at (206) 477-1536.

These materials are supplemental to your application. You must still completely fill out the application with your relevant education and work experience. Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you include relevant information only on the resume or cover letter, or if you reference "see resume" on your application.

Please note that you can attach multiple documents to your application. You may:

1) Copy and paste one or more documents into the "text resume section" of your application; or

2) Attach multiple documents/files in the attachment section of your application.


Family Law Commissioners hear family law matters, including but not limited to the following issues:

  • The determination or modification of parenting plans
  • Determination of parentage
  • Child custody, including non-parental custody
  • Visitation
  • Support
  • Distribution of property or obligations
  • Restraining orders
  • Domestic Violence Protection Orders
  • Dissolutions of marriage
  • Legal separations
  • Other matters as assigned by the Presiding Judge


Required Experience, Qualifications and Knowledge:

Applicants must meet the U.S. citizenship requirements of RCW 2.24.010. Membership in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association is required.

In addition, the following are required of a Family Law Commissioner:

  • Judicial system knowledge, including applicable law and King County local rules, statutes, legal principles and case precedents, court procedures;
  • Objectively identify, analyze and interpret legal issues, principles and arguments, direct and control courtroom proceedings in a decisive, orderly and equitable manner;
  • Communicate orally and in writing in a concise and effective manner;
  • Exercise appropriate judicial temperament and demeanor;
  • Effectively handle pressure in difficult and unexpected situations by responding in a calm and rational manner;
  • Effectively manage a high volume court calendar, including the requisite reading and preparation;
  • The ability to use a personal computer and Microsoft Office programs and a willingness to learn and fully utilize court based technology programs.

Family Law Commissioner: At least 50% of the applicant's current practice and a minimum of five years of recent experience must be in the area of family law under RCW Title 26; or experience deemed as equivalent. Familiarity with King County Family Law rules and practice is required.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Finalists must successfully pass criminal background, disciplinary and reference checks.

If you have questions regarding this position, please call King County Superior Court Human Resources at (206) 477-1536.

Note: Online applications are preferred. However, if you cannot apply online, go to for other options.

If you need an accommodation in the recruitment process or an alternate format of this announcement, please inquire directly with the contact listed on the job announcement or the department's Human Resources Service Delivery Manager.

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