Judges Assistance Program (JASP)

“We shouldn’t lose good people from the bench because of a lack of help.”
—King County District Court Judge Charles Delaurenti II

The purpose of the Judges Assistance Program is to prevent or alleviate problems before they jeopardize a judicial officer’s career. We provide confidential support and treatment for judges struggling with mental health issues, addiction, physical disability, or the loss of a loved one. We also work with judges who are seeking peer support or are considering retirement. If you are a judge or are concerned about a judge, you are encouraged to contact the Judges Assistance Program for a phone consultation.

  • We can educate you about mental health symptoms or signs of addiction. 
  • We can put you in touch with a judge who has been trained to provide supportive, confidential communication with the judge in question.
  • We can provide referrals for psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, hospitals, and mental health workers throughout the state of Washington.
  • We can give you advice about communicating with the judge.
  • When contacting a judge in our program for support, we do not name the initial caller. We are not connected to the Commission on Judicial Conduct. We do not share our information with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

We can be reached at 206-727-8268 or at JASP@courts.wa.gov. If you are a judge interested in serving the mental health needs of judges in Washington state, we encourage you to contact us.