Judge Carol Murphy was elected to the Thurston County Superior Court bench in 2008, and began her first term in January, 2009 and her second term in 2013.  She currently serves as Presiding Judge for Thurston County Superior Court. In addition, Judge Murphy presides over civil and felony criminal trials and civil motions on matters assigned to her. She also regularly hears a variety of administrative appeals. Her experience on the bench includes assignment as a Criminal Presiding Judge and the Presiding Judge for Thurston County DUI/Drug Court for three years.

Before her election to the bench, she practiced law in Olympia with the Attorney General's Office for more than 17 years. Judge Murphy's legal career included many trials in Superior Court and U.S. District Court and appeals at every level in State and Federal Courts. She argued several significant cases before the Washington Supreme Court and Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Judge Murphy has been actively involved in her community, serving leadership roles in many organizations including Washington Women Lawyers, Thurston County Bar Association, Government Lawyers Bar Association, Thurston County Volunteer Legal Clinic Foundation, and Girl Scouts of Western Washington. She has previously served on the Civil Rights Committee of the Washington State Bar Association, and has been an active member of the Superior Court Judges Association Civil Committee since 2011. She has mentored attorneys and presented legal education classes at various levels, including teaching Street Law classes to middle school and high school students, serving as a moot Court Judge for high school and law school students, regularly making presentations at local schools and colleges, and Continuing Legal Education presentations to attorneys on various topics including Appellate Practice, Constitutional Law, Employment Law, Jury Selection, Public Records, Trial Preparation, and Ethics. Judge Murphy received her B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington (1987) and her J.D. from Golden Gate University (1991).