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 Changes at Thurston County Superior Court

Judge Lisa Sutton moves on to the Court of Appeals.

Special ceremonies were held recently to note the transition of Thurston County Superior Court Judge Lisa Sutton to the Division II Court of Appeals.

The oath of office was administered Washington State Supreme Court Justice Mary E. Fairhurst. Several speakers noted that the same qualities that made Judge Sutton a good fit in Superior Court will serve her well on the Court of Appeals.

Among the speakers was retired Washington State Supreme Court Justice Gerry L. Alexander, who himself was once a Thurston County Superior Court Judge. He complimented Judge Sutton for achieving a stellar reputation in just four years on the Superior Court Bench. But he cautioned that the Appeals Court is a hard-working court. “Anyone who assumes a position on the Appeals Court takes on a huge workload, but you will have outstanding colleagues and staff to help. You’re going to be a great judge on the Court of Appeals.”

Judge Sutton thanked her many friends and supporters and those she worked with at Superior Court. “There are many paths that may be chosen, some easy, some hard. But I have received a lot of support from family, friends and colleagues in making this choice.”

Governor Jay Inslee appointed Judge Sutton to the Division II Court of Appeals effective Oct. 1.

Division II covers Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, and Thurston Counties.

Sutton announced her decision to seek the position in March when Judge J. Robin Hunt formally announced her retirement.

By John Tennis

Justice Mary E. Fairhurst and Judge Sutton. Justice Mary E. Fairhurst and Judge Sutton.