Judge Corinna Harn
Judge Harn is currently the Assistant Presiding Judge for the King County District Court and the chair of the Court’s Budget Committee. She hears cases filed by the Cities of Algona and Pacific, as well as the felony and misdemeanor first appearance calendars, at the Maleng Regional Justice Center.
She has served as the Presiding Judge for King County District Court for two complete terms and two partial terms (when other presiding judges left the court). She has also previously served as the Assistant Presiding Judge, and for many years has served on the Court’s Executive Committee.
While serving as the Court’s Presiding Judge, Judge Harn worked with the Court’s city partners and the other branches of King County government to provide court services in a fair, efficient, equitable, just and transparent manner. She has been a leader in bringing to the District Court new technology to assist the Court in maintaining and managing its cases and court files.
Judge Harn is proud to have served as a “portability judge pro tem” for the King County Superior Court. In that role, she heard the dependency pre-trial calendars for six years.
Her experience with the courts began more than 30 years ago when she was a district and municipal court clerk. She graduated from Whitman College with a B.A., majoring in political science and chemistry. She earned her J.D. from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now part of Seattle University) in 1984. From 1984 until 1996, Judge Harn practiced law in Yakima and Seattle, focusing 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. She was elected to serve in the King County District Court in 1998 for a term beginning in January 1999. Judge Harn has served in the King County District Court continuously since then.
Judge Harn has been an educator at various legal seminars and was the director of the Paralegal Program at Highline Community College in 1994. She has served 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 responders, 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 (DMCJA) and continues to serve on that organization’s Legislative Committee.
In recognition of her work and community service, Judge Harn has received 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.