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Judge Samuel Chung - Superior Court

How to contact a King County Superior Court judge and get ready for your trial or motion.
  • Courtroom Number: 4C
  • Bailiff: Jim Petersen
  • Department: 15
  • Assignment: Civil


Judge Chung was appointed to the King County Superior Court bench in May 2014 by Governor Jay Inslee. Since then, he was re-elected in 2015, 2016, and 2020.

Judge Chung currently is assigned to the civil trial rotation at the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle. He has previously served in the Court’s criminal trial assignment rotation, unified family court rotation and also served at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Prior to his appointment on the King County Superior Court, Judge Chung worked in private practice, with focus on contract, real estate and commercial litigation. He began his legal career as an associate at Lane Powell Spears Lubersky, then worked as of-counsel and as a partner at Short Cressman & Burgess. Immediately prior to his appointment, Judge Chung worked as a partner at Lee Anav Chung, LLP.

Judge Chung was born in Seoul, Korea, and moved to the US, New Jersey, with his family when he was 12 years old. He attended Columbia University in New York City, earning his BA in history. He received his JD degree from George Washington University in Washington D.C. During his private practice, Judge Chung also focused on immigrant rights and representing low-income parties in civil litigation. In 1992, he co-founded a pro bono legal clinic for low income and elderly Korean immigrants, and in 1993, Judge Chung served as the founding president of the Korean American Bar Association of Washington. He also served in a number of local, state, national and international organizations prior to being appointed to the court.

Currently, Judge Chung serves as a trustee on the board of the Superior Court Judges Association of Washington. He previously served as a co-chair of the King County Superior Court’s jury committee, and currently serves on the Court’s, education and training, courts and community, diversity, equity and inclusion, and the jury committees.

Updated January 28, 2022


Appearing via Zoom

  • Court attire is required.
  • Log in at least 10 minutes before the meeting time.
  • Watch Virtual Meeting Tips.
  • Ensure your Witnesses and Clients have also watched Virtual Meeting Tips.
  • Practice with each witness/client prior to joining the hearing/trial.


General trial schedule is Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm.

If your case is assigned to Judge Chung, there is the possibility that your case could be assigned to another judge at the time of trial. The assignment will generally take place on Thursday afternoon prior to trial. You are still required to comply with all court rules regarding pretrial submissions and deadlines. All papers submitted will be provided to the trial judge at the time of assignment by Judge Chung’s bailiff. To determine what judge you have been assigned to for trial, please check the Civil Standby Calendar. It will be updated on Thursday afternoon prior to trial and is continuously updated (as needed) at other times.

Delivering documents to the court

  • Parties are encouraged to use the Clerk’s Office E-Working Copies service.
  • Proposed orders are best submitted in Word format via eWorking Copies or email (but not both) Judge Chung accepts stipulations and agreed orders via email.
  • Please do not email any working copies directly to the Court except Stipulated Orders without prior permission.
  • Any Working Papers over 200 pages must be submitted as hard copies in 3-ring binders.

Private/SJIS/VYG Calendar (KNT & SEA)

Fridays, 8:30 am
CCFJC, Courtroom 4C
Join at this time via Zoom