Whatcom County District Court
Experience: District Court Judge, District Court Commissioner,
pro-tem Hearing Examiner for Whatcom and Island Counties, prosecutor for
the City of Bellingham, City Attorney for Blaine and Nooksack, private
Other Professional Experience: Commercial fisherman/Alaska and
Education: Graduate, Sehome High School, 1973. Graduate,
University of Washington, Phi Betta Kappa, Cum Laude, 1978, and the
University of Puget Sound School of Law, 1985.
Community Service: Current member of a Pretrial Process Work
Group advising the Whatcom County Incarceration Prevention and Reduction
Task Force. Past Board Member Children’s Museum, Big Brothers/Sisters;
past member Bellingham Bay Rotary.
Statement: Judge Elich has been on the District Court bench since 2001 and is the
most experienced judge in that court. He brought many new programs to
the District Court including the first ever domestic violence calendar,
enhanced probation services for both domestic violence offenders and
those with mental health issues, volunteer mediators in small claims
court, on-line mitigation for traffic tickets, and other programs to
facilitate access to the court.
Judge Elich currently presides over the Whatcom County Mental Health
Court and was instrumental in its creation. He is working to expand the
court which diverts offenders from the criminal justice system and into
effective mental health treatment and supervision.
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