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Christopher Melly


Clallam County Superior Court

Department 1

Chritopher Melly

Legal/Judicial Experience: Served the public as a Deputy Prosecutor, Chief Deputy Prosecutor, Court Commissioner and Hearing Examiner (quasi-judicial officer).

Other Professional Experience: Memberships include(d) the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, District and Municipal Court Judges Association and the Washington State Hearing Examiners Association.

Education: Rutgers University Law School (Juris Doctor 1978); Wayne State University (Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, History/Psychology 1974); Washington Judicial College (2006); National College of District Attorneys (1995).

Community Service: Serenity House Board of Directors; North Olympic Library System Trustee; United Way representative; Rotary Club exchange student host parent; soccer coach/board member; cub scout den leader/board member.

Statement: Christopher Melly was admitted to the bar in 1978. He is admitted to practice before Washington Courts, the federal District Courts for Washington and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Furthermore, he was admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court in the context of a death penalty case. Mr. Melly has argued before or briefed the appellate courts approximately 30-35 times during his career. He has also appeared before the Washington State Growth Management Hearings Board and Shoreline Hearings Board.

Mr. Melly served as Clallam County Chief Deputy Prosecutor for 17 years under three administrations (Bruneau [R], Shea [D] and Kelly [R]). He has a broad range of civil and criminal law experience and has presided over criminal calendars; therapeutic courts; juvenile court and land use/shoreline hearings.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1969, trained as a rifleman and linguist (Vietnamese-Defense Language Institute) and served with the 5th and 7th Marines in Vietnam in 1970-71. He honorably discharged as a corporal and financed his education by GI Bill and factory work.

Mr. Melly is experienced, fair, respectful and humbled by the power placed in the hands of a Superior Court Judge.

Campaign Web Site:  
Opponents: Curtis Johnson, William Payne, Erik Rohrer

Candidate ratings and poll:

Clallam County Bar Ass'n
Members' Combined Rating
3.47 4.16 3.21 4.16

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Finance report:

Curtis Johnson 7/4/2012 $5,084.96
Loans $5,014.96
Chris Melly 7/4/2012 $4,625.27
Loans $3,500.00
William Payne 7/4/2012 $9,670.25
Loans $6,550.00
Erik Rohrer 7/4/2012 $8,617.36
Personal Funds $7,000.00
Loans $750.00

Media stories:
    July 8, 2012
Peninsula Daily News   Bar poll ties judge candidates Melly, Rohrer
    June 17, 2012
Peninsula Daily News   Clallam County Superior Court judicial hopefuls address issues, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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