Whatcom County Superior Court has 4 elected Judges and 3 Court Commissioners. The Superior Court Judges are elected to four-year terms and the Commissioners are appointed by the Judges. The Judges hear and decide on all cases assigned to their department. A Presiding Judge supervises the judicial business of the Superior Court, acts as the spokesperson for the court, directs the Court Administrator in implementing administrative and general court policy, and preforms judicial and administrative duties as set forth in General Rule 29. The Presiding Judge is elected by the other Superior Court Judges to serve not less than two years.
The Judges, Court Commissioners, and Court Administrator meet regularly to set administrative and general court policy.