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Judge Jason Poydras


Judge Jason Poydras was unanimously appointed to the King County District Court (KCDC) bench in 2017 by the King County Council. He currently is assigned to the KCDC Auburn courthouse location. In addition, Judge Poydras serves as the KCDC South Division presiding judge, chairs the court’s Rules Committee and co-chairs the Technology Committee.

An African American who was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Judge Poydras moved to the Seattle area to attend Seattle University School of Law, based on the institution’s commitment to social justice.  A fundamental desire to assist others led him to pursue the legal field, and it has consistently been the primary source of inspiration and motivation throughout his legal career.

After earning his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, Judge Poydras began his legal career with the practice of criminal law, first as a public defender in Seattle and later as a deputy prosecutor in Pierce County. His experience also includes adjudicating hearings as a hearing examiner with the Washington State Department of Licensing, and serving as an administrative law judge with the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).  In addition to holding administrative hearings for individuals and administrative agencies looking to resolve significant legal disputes at OAH, he joined the management team in the Seattle Field Office as a senior administrative law judge. 

He pursued becoming a district court judge because he wanted to expand the reach and impact of his efforts to serve the public.  Judge Poydras strives to bring a balanced and service-oriented perspective to the court, building on his experience as a former public defender and deputy prosecutor.