In the interest of public health and safety during the COVID-19 crisis, and pursuant to Washington State Supreme Court Order No. 25700-B-606, Seattle Municipal Court is implementing an emergency limited court closure effective March 21, 2020 until further order of the court. Court operations will be limited to in-custody only appearances at Courtroom 2 of the King County Jail, under General Administrative Order 2020-06.
All out-of-custody hearings, including out-of-custody arraignments, will be continued to the next available court date, no sooner than April 27, 2020. During the emergency limited closure, the in-custody only calendar will run Monday through Saturday to ensure that in-custody individuals continue to have the opportunity to present motions for release and that their cases progress as quickly as possible under these emergency circumstances.
For ticket fines and fees, Seattle Municipal Court has suspended the $3.60 transaction fee for online payments and suspended the late penalty for tickets that are not responded to within 15 days. The court is not referring outstanding tickets or fines to collections during this emergency limited closure. All ticket hearings will be continued to no sooner than April 27, 2020.
With the closure of the courthouse, in-person probation and day reporting have been suspended, and no new cases are being assigned. Community service and work crew obligations have been extended, and work crew activities have been suspended.