Seattle Municipal Court Hon. Karen Donohue, Presiding

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Can't Come? How to Reschedule If You Missed Your Hearing

If you are unable to attend a magistrate hearing appointment, you may:

  • Reschedule your hearing by calling (206) 684-5600 at least 7 days in advance, or
  • Reschedule your hearing by making a request in writing at least 7 days in advance

If you have missed a magistrate hearing that you had requested, you must either:

  • Pay the original amount of the citation plus the default penalty, or
  • You may request a "good cause" hearing. If you missed your original court date as a result of a "good cause", you may request a new hearing date within 45 days of your missed hearing. You may request a "good cause" hearing by calling (206) 684-5600, submitting a written request, or visiting the Court in person. (At your new hearing, be prepared to explain to the magistrate why you missed your original hearing.)

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If You Have a Warrant If You Do Not Receive a Court Date


If you have any outstanding warrants for your arrest, you may be taken into custody and booked into jail when you appear for your hearing. Please take care of any outstanding arrest warrants before appearing in court on your infraction(s).

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If you have requested a hearing, but have not received a hearing notice within 20 days, notify the Court by calling (206) 684-5600 or in writing to the:

Municipal Court of Seattle
Attn: Correspondence Clerk
Seattle Justice Center
600 Fifth Avenue
PO BOX 34987
Seattle, WA 98124-4987

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