Justice Charles K. Wiggins was elected to the Supreme Court of Washington in 2010. He was admitted to the Bar in 1976 and focused primarily on representing hundreds of clients in appeals, both civil and criminal, in the State Supreme Court, the State Court of Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and once as co-counsel in the United States Supreme Court, in addition to trying cases in several different counties throughout Washington.
He practiced with a small Seattle law firm at the time known as Edwards, Sieh, Wiggins & Hathaway. He served as a judge on Division Two of the Washington Court of Appeals, following which he established a small firm on Bainbridge Island handling exclusively appellate cases. He has also served as a pro tem superior court judge in a number of cases in King and Jefferson Counties and as a pro tem district court judge in Kitsap County.
Justice Wiggins is a member of the Supreme Court Budget Committee, the Rules Committee, the Board for Judicial Administration, the Temple of Justice Centennial Committee, and the Capitol Furnishings Preservation Committee. Justice Wiggins chairs the Appellate Education Committee, the Temple of Justice Legacy Project, and the WSBA Disciplinary Advisory Roundtable. While in private practice, Justice Wiggins was active on the Washington State Bar Rules Committee, the Disciplinary Board, and other committees and task forces. He served as president-elect, president, and past president of the Washington Chapter of the American Judicature Society.