King County District Court East Division, Redmond Courthouse is located in Redmond, Washington. The cities of Carnation, Duvall, Redmond, Skykomish and Woodinville all contract with the division for full court services, which means they file their criminal prosecutions there. The division processes approximately 38,000 cases per year and is In 2003, the East Division formed a civil court in the Issaquah Courthouse. All civil and small claims actions which previously were filed in the Redmond Courthouse are now filed and heard in Issaquah. Here's the address:
8601 160th Ave. N.E.
Redmond, WA 98052
From 405 (which is west of the courthouse): Take Hwy 520 to NE Lake Sammamish Parkway Exit and turn left. Go straight; turn right on 85th. Go straight, turn left on 160th. The Court is ¼ block on the left.
From East: Go west on Redmond Way to 161st; turn right on 161st, turn left on 85th, turn right on 160th. The court is ¼ block on the left. NOTE: Parking is limited at the Redmond Facility, please allow extra time.
The King County Prosecutor files all of the Washington State Patrol cases. They choose which courthouse to file in depending mostly on which trooper made the arrest. They designate one courthouse for the trooper to attend, which increases their ability to testify.
Judge Johanna Bender
Judge Bender grew up in Seattle, where she attended the Lakeside School. She received her bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Brown University. After college, Judge Bender worked as a domestic violence advocate at the Domestic Abuse Women's Network in South King County. Her experience with victims of domestic violence inspired her to seek a career in the law.
Judge Bender attended the University of Washington School of Law, where she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Board. During law school, Judge Bender completed internship programs at Evergreen Legal Services (a civil legal aid program), the Northwest Women's Law Center (a civil rights organization dedicated to advancing legal rights for women), and The Defender Association (a public defense agency). After law school, Judge Bender accepted a position as a staff attorney at The Defender Association. From 1996-2000, Judge Bender represented indigent clients accused of crimes ranging from petty theft to murder. Her felony caseload included sexual assault, white collar, drug, robbery, and homicide cases.
Judge Bender left The Defender Association in 2000 to clerk for the Honorable Marsha J. Pechman, United States District Court Judge. After completing her two year clerkship, Judge Bender became an associate at the civil firm of Gordon Murray Tilden LLP. At the firm, Judge Bender represented clients in a wide variety of complex civil matters, including tort, contract, real estate, and insurance litigation.In 2005, Judge Bender became a pro tem judge in King County Superior Court and in Tukwila Municipal Court. Finding work as a judicial officer to be particularly rewarding, Judge Bender left private practice in 2006 to work more consistently on the bench. She had the honor of serving as a pro tem judge, commissioner, and magistrate in Superior, District and Municipal courts throughout King, Thurston, and Snohomish Counties.
Since 2006, Judge Bender has continued to work with other attorneys on complex criminal matters pending in State and Federal Court. These have included charges of human trafficking, domestic terrorism, bank robbery, and welfare fraud. Judge Bender has maintained an active and engaged presence in the community. Judge Bender is passionate about maintaining a legal system that is available to and trusted by all. Towards that end, much of her volunteer work has focused on improving the community's understanding of and access to the legal system.
Throughout her career, Judge Bender has:Served on the board of directors of Legal VoiceTaught classes in trial advocacyCoached high school students competing in local, state, and national mock trial competitionsWorked on the Pro Se Committee of the statewide Access to Justice BoardProvided volunteer legal services for indigent clientsJudge Bender lives in North Seattle with her partner of 15 years, their two children, and their very ancient dog.
Judge Janet Garrow
Judge Garrow was elected to the King County District Court in 1998 and re-elected in 2002, 2006 and 2010. She has served several terms as the Presiding Judge of the District Court’s East Division and as a member of the Court’s Executive Committee. Her judicial duties have included working as a portability judge for King County Superior Court and serving as an inquest judge. Judge Garrow hears criminal and civil cases on a daily basis and is committed to the philosophy that all cases should be handled fairly, with respect for all participants, and efficiently.
Judge Garrow serves as an elected member of the Washington state Board for Judicial Administration. She chairs the District and Municipal Court Judges Association Rules Committee and serves on the District Court Budget Committee. She has a passion for judicial education, having served as dean and faculty for the Washington Judicial College, as a member of the Board for Court Education, and as faculty for the District Court’s pro tem judge training program. She participates as a judge in student moot court programs.
Prior to her election to the bench, Judge Garrow was a principal with Cairncross & Hempelmann, P.S. in Seattle, practicing in the areas of land use, environmental law, forest practices and civil litigation. She worked as an Assistant Director/Land Use Manager and Assistant City Attorney for the City of Bellevue, and began law practice as a public defender in Seattle.Judge Garrow received her BA degree in psychology from Marquette University, a MS degree in counseling and personnel services from Purdue University, and a JD degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law.For many years Judge Garrow has been an active volunteer in her community. Those activities included teaching English as a second language, chair of the Bellevue Human Services Commission, president of the Eastside Domestic Violence Program board of directors, and mediator with the Bellevue Neighborhood Mediation Program. She resides in Bellevue with her family.
Judge Michael Finkle
Judge Michael Finkle joined the King County District Court in 2010, and is currently assigned to the East Division criminal court in Redmond, Washington. He holds a BBA from Loyola Marymount University (1978), a JD from UCLA School of Law (1981), where he served as Managing Editor of the UCLA Law Review for the 1980-1981 academic year, and an MBA from Seattle University’s Albers School of Business (1995).
Judge Finkle began his legal career in 1981 as a business lawyer at a medium size private law firm. In 1986 he entered public service as a Deputy City Attorney with the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. He was assigned to the Criminal and Special Operations Divisions. Judge Finkle’s duties included trying criminal cases, handling writs and appeals, and working on a large-scale civil unfair business practice lawsuit.In 1990, Judge Finkle became an Assistant City Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Seattle City Attorney's Office, and was promoted to a supervisory role that same year. Over the next 20 years his broad range of duties included prosecuting high profile or complex criminal cases, supervising his office’s participation in Mental Health Court, and general criminal prosecution.
Throughout his career Judge Finkle has been deeply involved in working to improve the criminal justice system. He served on the statewide task force that recommended creating Mental Health Courts in this state. Soon after he participated in forming Seattle Municipal Mental Health Court, the fourth Mental Health Court in the nation; King County District Mental Health Court was the second. Judge Finkle also served on the task force that recommended creating a domestic violence unit within the Seattle City Attorney’s Office. He helped create that unit, and served as co-director for one year. He also served on a Domestic Fatality Review work group.Judge Finkle has served on a number of work groups and task forces devoted to increasing access to justice while protecting public safety. In that regard he served on the State Bar’s Diversity Committee for two years, the state’s Designated Mental Health Professional Protocol Advisory Committee for two years, and the Sexual Offender Civil Commitment Subcommittee of the State Bar’s Committee on Public Defense for two years.Judge Finkle has served as an Adjunct Professor or Law at Seattle University School of Law since 1998, teaching Trial Techniques and Law, Policy & Mental Health. From 1991-2000, Judge Finkle served as faculty and senior faculty for the Washington State Bar Association’s Trial Advocacy Program, and received a special recognition award from the State Bar in 1997.
Judge Linda Jacke
Judge Linda Jacke has over thirty years of experience in the criminal justice system. She was appointed to the district court judicial position by the King County Council in 1992 and she has served in the Bellevue, Mercer Island, Redmond and Issaquah courts and as a judge pro tem in King County Juvenile Court.
Before her appointment to the bench she served as a Senior King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, prosecuting felonies in King County Superior Court. For over two of those years she specialized in the prosecution of domestic violence and crimes against children cases. During her tenure of office Judge Jacke has served on numerous committees within the court system and she is a past recipient of the Washington Women Lawyers’ “Special Contribution to the Judiciary” award. Her volunteer activities have included adult literacy education and the Seattle-King County Humane Society. Judge Jacke currently hears cases in the East Division of the King County District Court in Redmond.