Attending Your Scheduled Hearing

To dispute a ticket, you must first schedule a hearing. Here are your options to participate in your scheduled hearing.  

How to attend your mitigation hearing during COVID-19

Mitigation hearings in Courtroom 201 are held by written statement or by telephone. We are not holding in-person mitigation hearings in Courtroom 201.

To have your mitigation hearing by written statement, please submit your statement three days before your scheduled hearing. You can submit your statement online, by mail, or by fax.

To have your mitigation hearing by phone, call (206) 684-5607 at your scheduled hearing time to speak to a clerk. After you have checked in with the clerk, you will be told to hang up and wait for a return call from a Magistrate Judge. A Magistrate Judge will call you back within an hour. Please plan to be available for one hour at your scheduled hearing time.

How to attend your contested hearing during COVID-19

If you request a contested hearing, the court will schedule you for a pre-hearing settlement conference, which is an opportunity to resolve the case without the formality of a hearing. You can participate in a settlement conference by written statement or by telephone.

To have your pre-hearing settlement conference by phone, call (206) 684-5607 at your scheduled hearing time to speak to a clerk. After you have checked in with the clerk, you will be told to hang up and wait for a return call from a Magistrate Judge. A Magistrate Judge will call you back within an hour. Please plan to be available for one hour at your scheduled hearing time.

You may skip the settlement conference and proceed directly to the contested infraction hearing (trial) by completing the waiver form sent to you with your pre-hearing conference notice. Contested infraction hearings in Courtroom 301 are held virtually using WebEx video/telephone conferencing.

By request, you can attend your contested infraction hearing in-person. If you want to attend your contested infraction hearing in-person, email courtcalendar.SMC@Seattle.gov with your case number to request an in-person hearing.