Judge of the Circuit Court
John A. Wittmayer photo
John A.


Occupation: Circuit Court Judge, Multnomah County, Department 36, 1998 to present.

Occupational Background: Judge in the Circuit Court; District Court Judge; Lawyer in private practice; Deputy District Attorney; Trial Attorney, U.S. Dept. of Justice; Law Clerk; Deputy Sheriff.

Educational Background: J.D., Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, 1973; B.S., Portland State University, 1969; High School Diploma, Madison High School, Portland, 1965.

Prior Governmental Experience: Circuit Judge and District Judge, Multnomah County, 1996 to date; Circuit Judge, Pro Tempore, Multnomah, Clackamas & Washington Counties, 1992-96; Arbitrator, Multnomah County Courts, 1984-96; Deputy District Attorney, Multnomah County, 1974-77; Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., 1973-74; Law Clerk, United States Attorney's Office, Portland, 1971-72; Deputy Sheriff, Multnomah County, 1970; Army National Guard and Army Reserves, 1969 - 1975.

Judge Wittmayer has served as a full-time judge in Multnomah County since 1996. From 1996 to 1998 Judge Wittmayer served as a District Judge and a Circuit Judge, Pro Tempore. Since 1998 Judge Wittmayer has served as a Circuit Court Judge. Judge Wittmayer practiced law for 23 years before becoming a judge in 1996. He handled a wide variety of criminal and civil cases as a lawyer. Before going to law school Judge Wittmayer was a Multnomah County Deputy Sheriff.

Judge Wittmayer handles a full workload of criminal cases and complex civil litigation. He has also handled family law, juvenile law and probate cases. Judge Wittmayer has presided over more than 280 civil and criminal jury trials and over more than 150 family law, juvenile, civil and criminal non-jury trials since becoming a judge in 1996.

Judge Wittmayer expects criminals to accept responsibility for their crimes, and fulfill their obligations to society and to their victims. Judge Wittmayer holds criminals responsible for their conduct.

(This information furnished by Judge John A. Wittmayer.)