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Judge Anne Harper


Judge Anne Harper’s 37 years within the justice system include significant judicial, administrative and trial experience.

A 1981 graduate of the University of Washington Law School, Judge Harper has served on the bench for 17 years, presiding over cases in each of King County District Court’s eight courthouse locations. Her administrative experience includes serving as the Director of the King County Office of Public Defense from 2003 to 2005, where she managed a defense system that addressed 40,000 cases per year, and oversaw an annual budget greater than $40 million. Judge Harper has extensive trial experience, working as a public defender for 16 years, 14 years of which were in the felony division.

Judge Harper is committed to quality based improvement of the justice system and to education at all levels.

Judge Harper was involved in a number of key efforts to establish innovative courts in our community, including:

  • King County Regional Mental Health Court
  • King County Regional Veterans Court
  • Seattle Municipal Court Community Court
  • A pilot project that became the King County District Court Domestic Violence Court

  • She also worked with others to expand mediation services to all small claims cases and to select anti-harassment cases within King County.

    Judge Harper serves on King County District Court’s Probation Committee and Budget Committee, striving to increase the effectiveness of the court in a financially responsible way.

    Her educational work includes having taught more than 40 continuing education legal seminars to lawyers. She also has been teaching trial advocacy skills at the University of Washington Law School for 20 years, as well as at Emory Law School in Atlanta and with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

    Judge Harper also has served for 15 years as a board member for the Pike Market Child Care and Preschool – a nationally accredited preschool that focuses on providing care for the whole family. With a strong commitment to social justice, the school has a mission to serve all families, including those who receive a subsidy. The school is one of the Pike Market Foundation’s family of social services.

    Judge Harper is very grateful to have the opportunity to serve the people of King County.