Seattle Municipal Court Hon. Karen Donohue, Presiding

Hearing Information

Requesting a Hearing

How to Request a Hearing Types of Hearings
If You Have a WarrantIf You Do Not Receive a Court date


How to Request a Hearing


You can request a Mitigation hearing, where you admit you have committed the infraction, but want to explain the circumstances. You cannot appeal the judge’s decision after your hearing. You may submit a written statement instead of appearing in person at your hearing.


You may also request a Contested hearing, where you deny that you committed the infraction. If you request a contested hearing, the Court will schedule you for a pre-hearing settlement conference. The goal of the pre-hearing conference is to reach a resolution without the formality and expense of a contested hearing (trial). You may skip the pre-hearing conference and proceed directly to trial, by completing the waiver form that will be sent to you with your pre-hearing conference notice. You may submit a written statement instead of appearing at your contested pre-hearing conference; however, you cannot appeal the judge’s ruling if you do so.

Hearing requests must be made within 15 days of the date the ticket was issued. You may request a hearing by calling the Court at (206) 684-5600, or you may submit a request in writing. Follow the instructions on the back of the ticket and indicate the hearing location that you prefer. Requests can be mailed or delivered to:

Municipal Court of Seattle
Seattle Justice Center Map
600 Fifth Avenue
PO BOX 34987
Seattle, WA 98124-4987

Adjudication by mail:

You may also request to have your case heard through correspondence (adjudication by mail). Click here for information.

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Hearing Location

Municipal Court of Seattle
Seattle Justice Center
600 Fifth Avenue, Room 210
Seattle, WA 98124-4987

If You Have a Warrant


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 Do Not Receive a Court Date

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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