Policy On Immigration Arrests

The Seattle Municipal Court Judges affirm the principle that our courts must remain open and accessible for all persons and families to resolve disputes under the rule of law.

It is the policy of the Seattle Municipal Court that warrants for the arrest of individuals based on their immigration status should not be executed within any of the Seattle Municipal Court courtrooms unless directly ordered by the Presiding Judge or assigned Judicial Officer and shall be discouraged in the Seattle Municipal Courthouse unless the public's safety is at immediate risk.

Each Judicial Officer remains responsible for enforcing this policy within his or her courtroom.

The full policy is linked below:

Policy on Arrests of Persons Based Upon Immigration Status Within The Courthouse