Judge Corinna Harn
Corinna Harn is the current Chief Presiding Judge of the King County District Court. She has been elected to this position four times by the judges of the District Court. The Chief Presiding Judge is responsible for leading the management and administration of the court’s business, recommending policies and procedures that improve the court’s effectiveness, and allocating resources in a way that maximizes the courts ability to resolve disputes fairly and expeditiously. In meeting those responsibilities, Judge Harn has been a leader in the development of the District Court’s Operational Master Plan (a strategic plan for the District Court for the next 5-10 years), negotiating interlocal agreements between King County and municipalities that wish to contract for court services, adding 5 additional courtrooms for District Court at the Maleng Regional Justice Center, implementing an electronic court records management system that allows court users to access court files via the internet and improves workflow within the court, conducting a staffing study to address the court’s staffing needs, reorganizing the court’s database usage, identification and implementation of best practices throughout the court, development and integration of performance measures into the operations of the court, and continuing development and support of problem solving (specialized) courts.
Judge Harn is the recipient of a number of awards, including the American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law, the Friendship Oak Award for helping victims of Hurricane Katrina in Pass Christian, Mississippi, and the Judge David Soukup Award from the Washington State CASA Association for her work on behalf of Washington’s most vulnerable children.
In addition to her responsibilities as Chief Presiding Judge, Judge Harn has been a “portability judge pro tem” for the King County Superior Court. In this role she has heard the Dependency Pre-Trial calendars at Juvenile Court and the Regional Justice Center for 6 years.
Judge Harn's experience with district and municipal courts began more than 20 years ago when she was a district and municipal court clerk.
Judge Harn graduated from Whitman College with a degree in political science and chemistry. She attended the University of Puget Sound School of Law (which is now a part of Seattle University) and graduated in 1984.
From 1984 until 1996, Judge Harn practiced law in Yakima and Seattle. Her practice focused on both plaintiff and defense litigation. She has successfully argued cases before the Washington State Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court.
In 1996, Judge Harn was appointed by the Mayor of the City of Renton as that city's municipal court judge and in 1998, she became the first elected judge of the Renton Municipal Court.
Judge Harn was elected to serve in the King County District Court in 1998 and her term began in January of 1999. Judge Harn has served in the King County District Court continuously since 1999.
Judge Harn has also been an educator at various legal seminars and she was the director of the Paralegal Program at Highline Community College in 1994. She has served and continues to serve on the board of a variety of charitable organizations. Judge Harn is active in her community in many areas including being a charter member and volunteer with The Soup Ladies—a charitable organization that provides hot meals to first responder emergency personnel, including firefighters, police, and search and rescue, in King and Pierce Counties and across the country. She is also a member of the District Court and Municipal Court Judges Association and serves on the Legislative Committee.