General Election: November 6, 2018

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Jeffrey Jahns


Kitsap County District Court

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Biography – Legal/Judicial Experience:

Appointed to the Kitsap County District Court in 2009, and elected in 2010 and 2014. Served as a criminal defense attorney from 1981 to 1994, and as a chief deputy prosecuting attorney from 1995 to 2009.

Education: Graduate Wilson High School, Tacoma, WA. Graduate of the University of Puget Sound, 1978.
Law degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law, 1981.

Community Service: Member Rotary Club of Port Orchard. Coached girls soccer for 7 years.

Statement: A judge must be humble, and treat all with dignity and respect. Judge Jahns is honored and grateful to have been given the opportunity to serve the public as a judge.

Judge Jahns was a Dean for the 2014 Washington Judicial College, a mandatory one week conference all new Washington judges are required to attend, and remains a faculty member for the College. He is a past member of the District and Municipal Court Judges Association’s Board of Governors, and is District Court’s Presiding Judge.

Judge Jahns has authored many professional articles and publications. His most recent publication, Traffic Stops in Washington State Bench Book (May 2013), is a comprehensive textbook on Washington search and seizure law from a traffic
stop perspective.

Judge Jahns received the 1995 Kitsap County Bar Association Professionalism Award for his work as a criminal defense attorney. In 2004, he received the Washington State Bar Association Professionalism Award for his work as a prosecutor. Judge Jahns was named a “Super Lawyer” several times by Washington Law & Politics during his career as a lawyer.

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