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Retiring Judge James Cayce Recognized for 30 years of Service


At the April 1st meeting of the Metropolitan King County Council, members recognized retiring Superior Court Judge James Cayce for 30 years of service in King County.

After working in private practice for nine years, Judge Cayce was appointed as the first full-time Commissioner in the District Court on April 1, 1989.  He was later appointed as a District Judge in the Aukeen District Court, where he served three consecutive terms as Presiding Judge.


A strong advocate for eliminating the barriers to the treatment of mental illness, Judge Cayce was instrumental in creating a Mental Health Court in King County, which was just the second of its kind in the United States when it was established in 1999. In 2000, Governor Gary Locke appointed Cayce to the King County Superior Court by, where he served as a trial judge and presided over King County’s Drug Court in both Seattle and Kent.

“I am privileged to have known and worked with Judge Cayce,” said Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer, the sponsor of the recognition.  “He has been a strong advocate for mental illness treatment and has brought an innovative approach to criminal justice issues.  King County will greatly miss Judge Cayce’s service and leadership.

Judge Cayce’s last day on the bench was March 29, 2019

The above is a press release from the King County Council.  The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its contents.

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