Meet Edirin Okoloko, The Nigerian-Born Appointed Judge In Washington

EVERETT — Edirin Okoloko, a Snohomish County deputy prosecutor, was appointed to serve as a Superior Court judge in September.

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed the 13-year veteran of the county’s prosecutor’s office to replace retiring Judge George Bowden.

Okoloko worked for the past 13 years in the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where he is a deputy prosecuting attorney working on homicide, sexual assault, child abuse and elder abuse cases. He has also worked in the office’s violent crime, property crime and District Court units, and he represents the office on the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team, which investigates incidents of suspected excessive force by police officers.

Okoloko, who hails from Ekakpamre in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, bagged his Bachelor of Law from the University of Benin in Nigeria and received his law degree from the Seattle University School of Law.

He has worked for the past 13 years in the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where he was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney working on homicide, sexual assault, child abuse, and elder abuse cases.

Okoloko excelled in the office’s violent crime, property crime, and District Court units, where he represented the office on the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team which investigated incidents of suspected excessive force by police officers and also successfully prosecuted four murder trials and was recognised by his office for completing a high volume of jury trials.

Okoloko has successfully prosecuted four murder trials and has been recognized by his office for completing a high volume of jury trials. Before working as a prosecutor, Okoloko served as a judicial law clerk for former Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Michael Downes.

“Edirin has a clear dedication to the legal profession and a successful history of bringing justice to some of our state’s most vulnerable crime victims,” Inslee said. “He will be an excellent addition to the bench in Snohomish County.”

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