Seattle Municipal Court Hon. Karen Donohue, Presiding

About Us

About Us

Our Role In Seattle Government

The City of Seattle municipal government consists of three branches: the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial. These three branches of the government work to provide the citizens of Seattle various infrastructure services for the improvement of their quality of life. The Municipal Court comprises the Judicial Branch of Seattle City government.

The Municipal Court of Seattle is a limited jurisdiction Court, authorized under the Revised Code of Washington 35.20, with jurisdiction over all violations of the Seattle Municipal Code.

Seattle Justice Center


Mailing Address: Seattle Municipal Court, PO Box 34987, Seattle WA 98124-4987

Physical Location: 600 5th Ave (between Cherry & James), Downtown Seattle

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Important Phone Numbers

   General Information: (206) 684-5600

  • Probation Services: (206) 684-7840
  • Payment Via Credit Card: (206) 233-7000
  • AllianceOne: 1 (800) 456-8838
  • Civil & Appeals Clerk: (206) 684-5650
  • Records: (206) 684-5636
  • Jail Release Information: (206) 386-1532
  • Jury Coordinator: (206) 684-5688
  • Lost & Found: (206) 684-5687
Purpose of SMC Community Involved Justice

The Municipal Court of Seattle is the largest Limited Jurisdiction Court in the State of Washington with seven elected Judges and six appointed Magistrates. The Court adjudicates all misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor crimes, infractions, and civil violations authorized under the Seattle Municipal Code and certain Revised Code of Washington Statutes

Misdemeanors are crimes where the maximum sentence is 90 days in jail and $1,000 fine. Gross misdemeanors are such crimes that carry a maximum sentence of a year in jail and a $5,000 fine, including offenses such as driving under the influence, domestic violence, theft, and trespass. Infractions are acts which are prohibited by law but are not legally defined as a crime; such as parking citations and traffic or non-traffic infractions. Civil offenses are heard by the Court when the City of Seattle seeks enforcement of its fire code, housing, and City ordinance violations.

The Municipal Court of Seattle has long considered itself the peoples' court. Through Community Involved Justice initiatives, the Court strives to make the justice system more effective by re-establishing links between criminal justice service providers and the communities it serves. This means taking a proactive approach toward meaningful broad-based services integration with respect to all who are involved with public safety.

Community Involved Justice initiatives ultimately seeks to transform the way people think about crime - not just as cases to be processed but as problems to be resolved and relationships to be developed and maintained.

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2011 Report to the Community Mission Statement

The Court prepares an annual for the community. To read the latest, click here.

Careers with the Court

Now that you know a little bit us, perhaps you'd like to work here. Check our careers page for employment and volunteer opportunities.

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The Seattle Municipal Court provides a forum to resolve alleged violations of the law in a respectful, independent and impartial manner.

Links & Resources

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Court and Legal Community

CAP Information (for Attorneys)
Forms and Filing
Law Dept. Forms
Local Court Rules
King County Bar Assn.

Jury Duty

Responding to Your Summons
Frequently Asked Questions
Reschedule Jury Duty
Jury Duty Informational Slide Show


Agencia de Cobros
Informacin para pagar multas
Opciones de cmo responder a las citaciones (tickets)

Municipal Court of Seattle, 600 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104-1900    Directions to the Court
Hours: M-F 8-5    Court Contact: (206) 684-5600 or Customer Service