Judge Catherine McDowall Confirmed to Seattle Municipal Court Bench

On Tuesday, September 29, 2020, the Seattle City Council unanimously confirmed Pro Tem Judge Catherine McDowall to fill the Seattle Municipal Court judicial position vacated by Judge Ed McKenna, who retired in April 2020. Judge McDowall was appointed by Mayor Jenny Durkan aftera unanimous recommendation from a Judicial Evaluation Committee,… [ Keep reading ]

Probation Counselors Prepare for Seattle Community Court with Community Service Site Visit

By Curtis Bright When the newSeattle Community Courtlaunched on August 10, 2020, it was the result of over a year of planning and months of preparation by Seattle Municipal Court’s Programs and Services staff. Over the summer, Probation Counselors Leah Pastrana, Curtis Bright, Sokpul Chea, and Community Service Crew Lead… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Municipal Court eliminates all discretionary fees for criminal cases

This month, Seattle Municipal Court judges voted to eliminate all discretionary fines and fees imposed in criminal cases, representing one step in a court-wide commitment to lessen barriers and increase equity in the legal system. “At a time when people are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and recognizing that… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Appoints Pro Tem Judge Catherine McDowall to the Seattle Municipal Court

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced her appointment of Catherine McDowall to the current vacant judicial position on the Seattle Municipal Court. Since 2013, Catherine McDowall has served as Judge Pro Tempore on the Seattle Municipal Court and King County District Court. The Judicial Evaluation Committee, which included representatives from several… [ Keep reading ]

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