UPDATED 5/29/2020: In the interest of public health and safety during the COVID-19 crisis, Seattle Municipal Court is operating under an emergency limited closure until further order of the court. The court is closed to the public, and operations are limited to in-custody only appearances at Courtroom 2 of the King County Jail, under General Administrative Order 2020-07.
What if I want to dispute my ticket?
If you would like to request a hearing to contest or mitigate your ticket, please follow the instructions on the back of your ticket and submit it by mail to:
Seattle Municipal Court
600 Fifth Avenue
PO BOX 34987
Seattle, WA 98124-4987
Once your hearing is scheduled, you will receive a hearing notice by mail. The notice will include your hearing date and also explain how you can submit your statement online or by mail. The court is not holding in-person ticket hearings at this time.
Seattle Municipal Court is not charging late fees for tickets during the court closure.
What if I have a hearing for a criminal case?
The court has cancelled all upcoming out-of-custody hearings through July 31, 2020. All case participants will receive written notice of their next court date when it is scheduled.
In-custody cases are being held on a consolidated calendar in Courtroom 2 at the King County Jail. The in-custody only calendar runs 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.
If you are a defendant and have questions about your case, contact your attorney. The Department of Public Defense has a handout in English and in Spanish for those who don’t know how to contact their attorney directly.
Attorneys: Please check the Case Information Portal for information on your client’s case. The court is cancelling all upcoming out-of-custody hearings through July 31, 2020. This will give the court the ability to resume case setting in a deliberate manner when the court re-opens.
For any requests to advance court dates for potential dispositions or motions for release, please use this motion for add-on form.
What if I have jury duty?
By order of the Washington Supreme Court, all jury trials in Washington State are suspended until after July 6, 2020. Jurors who have been summoned do not need to report for service. The Court will resume sending juror summons when it determines that jury trials can resume.
What if I need to pay a ticket or fine?
You can pay tickets online, by phone, or by mail. The transaction fee for online payments is being waived during this time.
If you would like to pay a ticket by phone, call (206) 233-7000 to pay using a Visa or MasterCard (with a convenience fee).
If you cannot pay a ticket or fine, you may apply for a payment plan online. Please note that Seattle Municipal Court is not charging late fees for tickets during the court closure, and tickets are not being referred to collections during this time.
If you would like to request a hearing to contest or mitigate your ticket, please follow the instructions on the back of your ticket and submit it by mail. The court will notify you by mail of a future court date and explain how you can submit your statement online or by mail instead of appearing in person.
What if I need to report for day reporting?
Day reporting clients do not need to report to the courthouse at this time, unless they are individually contacted and asked to report. If you haven’t spoken to your point of contact with the court since the closure on March 16, 2020, please call them and leave a clear message with your name and contact information.
What if I have an appointment with my probation counselor?
Probation clients do not need to report to the courthouse at this time, unless they are individually contacted by their counselor and asked to report. If you haven’t spoken to your counselor since the court closure on March 16, 2020, please call them and leave a clear message with your name and contact information. If you do not have your counselor’s contact information, please call (206) 684-7840 and press 5. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I want to visit the Community Resource Center?
Unfortunately, the Community Resource Center is closed until further notice. Check seattle.gov/courts/crc for information on resources.
What if I’m getting married at the court?
There will be no weddings held at Seattle Municipal Court during this time.
What if I have other questions?
If you have questions that were not answered here, please reach out to SMC_PublicSvcs@seattle.gov.