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1100 West Mallon
Spokane, WA 99260
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District Court, Spokane, WA - Department 2

Honorable Sara B. Derr

Judge Sara B. Derr

 District Court Judge
 Public Safety Building
 Courtroom 5

 Current Assignment

 Acting Presiding Judge                      Misdemeanors, R-Z ; AH/DV Ex Parte

 First Elected


 Judicial Assistant

 Susan Borrows  509.477.2921

 Judicial Secretary



 Department 2



Local Assignments/Committees

  •          Intensive Supervision DUI Therapeutic Court
  •          Mental Health Therapeutic Court
  •          All Criminal Dockets
  •          Domestic Violence Docket
  •          Domestic Violence Court Oversight Committee
  •          Arraignment and Jail 1st appearance docket
  •          Anti-Harassment/Domestic Violence civil expert docket
  •          Civil Docket
  •          Presiding Judge: 1997-1998 and 2006-2007 (two year terms)
  •          Executive Board of the Spokane District Court
  •          Budget Chair for District Court
  •          Personnel Chair for District Court
  •          Local Rules Chair for District Court
  •          Deer Park Municipal Judge 2000-2010
  •          Serve the court as needed/requested

Professional Affiliations

  •          Washington State Bar Association
  •          Spokane County Bar Association
  •          Washington Women Lawyers
  •          National Association of Women Judges
  •          District and Municipal Court Judges Association (DMCJA) since 1996

 Professional/Statewide Committees and Commissions

  •           DMCJA Board of Governors 1996-2002
  •           DMCJA Vice President 2001, and 2010
  •           DMCJA President Elect 2011
  •           DMCJA President 2012-2013
  •           DMCJA Past-President 2013-2014
  •           DMCJA Salary and Benefits Committee
  •           DMCJA Long Range Planning Committee
  •           DMCJA Legislative Committee
  •           DMCJA Diversity Committee
  •            Board for Judicial Administration (BJA) 2002-2010 being 2 terms
  •           Gender and Justice Commission
  •           Justice in Jeopardy Implementation Committee
  •           Court Funding Committee
  •           Justice, Efficiency and Accountability Committee 1999-2000
  •           Judicial Resource Committee
  •           Project 2001

Civic Involvement

  •           Color of Justice program sponsored by Gender and Justice Commission
  •           Domestic Violence Summit sponsored by Gender and Justice Commission
  •           Presenter on ProSe Representation
  •           Presenter on Mental Health Courts in Washington
  •           Presenter on Interpreter Issues
  •           Presenter on Domestic Violence issues and education


  •           Washington State University – BS in Environmental Science
  •           Gonzaga University School of Law – JD
  •           Continuing Judicial Education -- current