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1100 West Mallon
Spokane, WA 99260
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District Court, Spokane, WA - Department 1

Honorable Vance Peterson

Judge Vance Peterson

 District Court Judge
 Public Safety Building

Courtroom 4                                         



 Current Assignment

 Misdemeanors K-Q ; Veterans Court

 1st Elected

 Appointed December 1997

 Judicial Assistant

 Gary Bartole 509.477.2924



 Department 1



Career Highlights

  • Attorney Private Practice 1983 to 1990
  • District Court Commissioner from 1991 to 1997
  • District Court Judge 1997 to present

Professional Affiliations/Committees

  • Former Warrants Committee Chair for the Board for Judicial Administration
  • Presiding Judge Spokane County District Court 2002, 2003, 2010, 2011 
  • District & Municipal Court Judges Association (DCMJA) member since 1991 to present
  • Member of the State Judicial College Board 2000-2007
  • Past Dean of the State Judicial College
  • Former Member of the DMCJA Education Committee
  • Current Member Washington State Minority and Justice Commission


  • JD- Gonzaga University
  • MA- Webster University
  • BA Political Science Gonzaga University

Civic Involvement

  • Faculty Member Washington State Judicial College 1999 to present
  • Member Special Forces Association, Washington State Foster Parents Association
  • Rotary. Retired US Army Reserve, 28 years of service