Information for Defendants
Seattle Community Court is a voluntary program designed to help you by giving you the opportunity to perform community service rather than serve jail time. Once you enter the program, you will also be required to contact social service providers that can help you with financial assistance, employment, housing, substance abuse treatment, counseling and veteran's services. We want you to make a connection with these services so you know what's available to help you.
Community Court Eligibility
You may be eligible for Community Court if you meet the eligibility requirements. For more information, please contact your attorney or, if you are not currently represented, you can contact Nancy Waldman with the Associated Counsel for the Accused (ACA) at (206) 624-8105 ext. 294, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Court Programs
Offenders will appear in Community Court before the judge, who will encourage them to seek assistance. Participants will then need to complete community service hours and make social services contacts within 30 days. Participants will then revisit court for their review. If the participant is successful, the judge will give them a signed certificate. In some cases, the participant may have their case dismissed.
You will be assigned to perform community service within the Seattle City limits at one of the many Community Court neighborhood sites. For example, you may be part of a clean-up crew on city streets, help out at a food bank, plant a traffic circle, build a trail or remove invasive plants along an urban creek. Everyone in the community has expressed appreciation for the kinds of things our Community Court participants accomplish!