Seattle Community Court

Seattle Community Court (SCC) is a pathway for people to have their low-level misdemeanor charges dismissed by connecting with community supports and giving back through community service. Instead of spending time in jail, community court participants connect to services such as housing assistance, employment support, and drug treatment. 

Release-first model - Instead of spending time in jail, participants will be connected to services in the community that address the underlying causes of criminal behavior. SCC will reduce pretrial incarceration and incarceration for non-compliance.

Services - SCC participants will access social services such as employment assistance, housing assistance, and DSHS food, cash and medical benefits. 

Treatment - Participants struggling with substance use will access addiction medicine providers for assessments, diagnosis, prescriptions and coordination of care. 

Support - Participants will complete a self-assessment and set their own goals. The SCC team will support them to achieve their program goals, large or small. 

Launched August 10, 2020, SCC is the culmination of a multi-year collaboration among the Seattle Municipal Court, the Seattle City Attorney's Office, and the King County Department of Public Defense. Unlike national community court models, SCC participants do not give up their constitutional right to trial to participate, and program eligibility is not affected by previous criminal history. SCC will be held at SMC every Monday and Thursday starting at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom 901. Referrals for the program will come through the Seattle City Attorney's Office.

SCC Offense Eligibility Model

Level 1 Offense

Level 2 Offense Level 3 Offense
  • Criminal Trespass 2 (non-residential
  • False Reporting (Giving False Identification only)
  • Trespass in Park
  • Disorderly Bus Conduct
  • Theft (recovered property/ not damaged)
  • Appropriation of Lost/Misplaced Property (recovered/not damaged)
  • Criminal Trespass 2 (residential)
  • Criminal Trespass 1 (non-residential)
  • Obedience to Officer/Firefighter/Flag
  • Pedestrian Interference
  • Unlawful Use of Weapon (possession only)
  • Theft (un-recovered/ damaged)*
  • False Reporting (Making False or Misleading Statement)
  •  Possession of Stolen Property
  • Appropriation of Lost/Misplaced Property (unrecovered/damaged)
  • Attempted Trafficking of Stolen Property in the 2nd Degree
  • Criminal Trespass 1 (residential)
  • Property Destruction*
  • Obstruction (refuse to cease activity; refuse to leave scene; or disobey order to stop)
  • Refusal to Stop
  • Refuse to Give Information
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Vehicle Prowl*(reviewed on an individual basis)
  • Burglary or Auto Theft Tools

*Eligibility for Property Destruction and Theft (unrecovered/damaged property):

  • For any crime that has restitution, the participant must pay restitution prior to the end of the Community Court Agreement term
  • Employee theft is not eligible for Community Court (without SCAO Supervisor Approval)

Information for SCC Participants

Contact SMC pretrial counselors: Email curtis.bright@seattle.gov or call (206) 684-7816. 

How to complete your community service:

Access services and treatment providers: Check the Community Resource Center service guide

Attending hearings: You can search your name on the case information portal or contact your attorney to find out when your next hearing is scheduled. SCC is held at SMC every Monday and Thursday starting at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom 901.

Thank You SCC Partners and Providers

The success of SCC depends on collaboration with our partners at the Seattle City Attorney's Office and King County Department of Public Defense, and our partnerships with many local organizations including, but not limited to: Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Public Health - Seattle & King County, Seattle Public Library, Catholic Community Services, Urban League, and Emergency Feeding Program. Organizations interested in supporting SCC participants can contact Nhi Tran at nhi.tran@seattle.gov.