Welcome to Citizens for Judicial Excellence

Citizens for Judicial Excellence was founded for one purpose: to improve the quality of the judges in the busiest of our court systems by offering voters actual choices in judicial elections. CJE fulfills its mission by recruiting, encouraging, educating, supporting, and financing a select number of highly qualified candidates whose election — by objective standards — would truly improve the quality of the bench.

Since its inception, CJE has grown into the most effective and influential political force in the legal community. In fact, CJE is recognized as the most highly organized, sophisticated, well-funded, and professional judicial-election PAC in the country. Click to learn more about CJE's Mission.

June & July King County District Court Calendars Now Available

The King County District Court Calendars for June and July 2015 are now available online for viewing and downloading.
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New CJE Board Elected

Lizanne Padula

2015 Annual Meeting Report: Barr Retires, Padula Elected President

The 2015 Annual Meeting of Citizens for Judicial Excellence was held on March 19 in Kirkland. Ted Barr, CJE President for the past eight years, retired and the membership elected Lizanne Padula as CJE President for the next four-year term. Founding member Steve Hayne presented Ted with an award recognizing his eight years of service to CJE and his role as founding CJE president who built CJE into the respected and effective organization it is … [Read More...]

Legislative Activity

CJE President Padula Testifies Before Senate Law & Justice Committee

CJE President Lizanne Padula testified before the Washington State Senate Law & Justice Committee on June 17, 2015, regarding SB6134 "Exempting pretrial electronic alcohol monitoring programs from statutory limitations on pretrial supervision costs." Padula testified on behalf of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. … [Read More...]

Thank You for Making 2015 CJE Poker Night a Smashing Success!

A big thank you to all our CJE members and their guests who attended Poker Night on Saturday evening, May 2. This year's event was completely sold out and our biggest fundraiser ever. Your participation made it a smashing success!

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