In The Community

Seattle Municipal Court Community Outreach

Every quarter, we bring our court services along with supportive social services and resources from our Community Resource Center to Seattle neighborhoods. Past events have been held at the Yesler Community Center, Rainier Beach Community Center, Lake City Community Center, Delridge Community Center, and most recently at the Garfield Community Center. 

These community outreach events are an opportunity for community members to receive assistance with resolving Seattle Municipal Court warrants, learn about options for addressing Seattle and King County tickets by setting up a payment plan or community service plan, get help with regaining their driver's license, and access supportive services through the Community Resource Center. Court staff are present to answer questions about court processes, schedule hearings, and provide information on resources and programs available through the court.

Our Garfield Community Center event in May 2019 included 15 service providers and 30 court staff and volunteers. 248 community members came to receive a variety of services, including resolving warrants and unpaid tickets, relicensing, accessing health care and employment resources, and more. While the majority (67 percent) of attendees were Seattle Municipal Court clients, a third were members of the general public coming to access non-court supportive services. More than half (56 percent) of attendees were identified as Black/African American, followed by Caucasian/White (18 percent), Hispanic/Latinx (eight percent), Native American/Alaskan Native (six percent), Asian (four percent), and six percent unidentified. Approximately one in three (35 percent) of the participants reported as experiencing homelessness or unstable housing. Roughly one in five (18 percent) reported having no income.

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