FERNDALE, October 18, 2018 – The City of Ferndale has announced the appointment of Attorney Mark A. Kaiman as Municipal Court Judge. Kaiman will be sworn in before the council this December. His initial 4-year term will commence January 1, 2019.
“I’m looking forward to assuming my duties at the beginning of the new year, and to preside over the court with a commitment to fairness and justice,” said Kaiman.
Kaiman served as a Judge Pro Tempore in Whatcom County District Court for the last four years. In addition to his judicial experience, Kaiman has been a deputy prosecutor in, and is currently in private practice as a military and criminal defense attorney.
A municipal court judge is authorized by Washington State statute to preside over the following types of cases: non-traffic infractions, traffic infractions, simple misdemeanors, and gross misdemeanors. More specifically, Kaiman will preside over probable cause hearings, criminal arraignments, jury trials, warrant quash hearings, pretrial hearings and probation hearings in the Ferndale Municipal Court, located at 5694 Second Ave, Ferndale.
“Sitting in judgment of others is a great responsibility. I am honored that the city of Ferndale has entrusted me with this task and allowed me to answer the call to public service,” said Kaiman.
Kaiman is an active member of the Whatcom County and San Juan County Bar Associations. Previously, he served as president of the Whatcom County Bar Association, and on the LAW Advocates Board of Directors, an organization providing legal assistance to low-income individuals and families.
The Ferndale court appointment is a part-time commitment, convening on Friday mornings. Mark A. Kaiman will continue to provide representation to individuals for criminal defense and military defense matters.
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