Charlie Wiggins was elected to the Supreme Court 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.
The son of a career warrant officer, Justice Wiggins grew up in the Army and earned the Boy Scout Eagle Scout award. With the help of an ROTC scholarship, he attended Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He spent the next four years in the Army Military Intelligence Corps, leaving as a Captain. While in the Army, Justice Wiggins was able to attend night school, earning a Masters Degree in Business Administration. The G.I. Bill helped him to attend Duke Law School, where he graduated in 1976.
Justice Wiggins is a member of the Supreme Court Rules Committee, the Administrative Committee, the Personnel Committee, the Temple of Justice Centennial Committee, the Appellate Education Committee, the Disciplinary Advisory Round Table, the Capitol Furnishings Preservation Committee and the Board for Court Education. While in private practice, Justice Wiggins was active on the Washington State Bar Rules Committee, the Disciplinary Board, and other committees and task forces.