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Seattle Municipal Court Will Resume Late Fees for Unpaid Parking, Camera, and Traffic Tickets on January 30, 2023 

Over 350,000 unpaid tickets are potentially affected Seattle Municipal Court will resume late fees for Seattle infraction tickets that are past their due date beginning January 30, 2023.   Late fees for unpaid tickets have been suspended since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020. There are approximately 350,000 tickets that… Filed Under: Disputing Tickets, Fines and Fees, General, News Release, Tickets and Infractions

Hon. Pooja Vaddadi Sworn-In For First Judicial Term on Seattle Municipal Court Bench

On Monday, January 9, 2023, Hon. Pooja Vaddadi was sworn-in for her first judicial term on the Seattle Municipal Court bench. Judge Vaddadi was elected in November 2022 for a four-year term, January 2023 – January 2027. Prior to joining the Seattle Municipal Court bench, Judge Vaddadi practiced law for… Filed Under: General, News ReleaseTagged With: , ,

Seattle Municipal Court Judges Issue En Banc Ruling Denying Defense Motion to Suppress Breath Alcohol Readings Obtained from Draeger Alcotest 9510

Seattle Municipal Court (SMC) judges have denied a motion from defense to suppress breath alcohol (BAC) readings obtained from the Draeger Alcotest 9510 in a ruling issued on January 3, 2023. Having determined this to be an issue of citywide significance pursuant to SMC Local Rule 8.2.4, a panel consisting… Filed Under: en banc ruling, General, News ReleaseTagged With: , ,

Seattle Municipal Court Closed To Public on Friday, December 23, 2022, Except In-Custody Arraignments

Due to threats of severe weather and impacts on travel conditions in the Seattle area and to ensure the safety of all court participants including jurors, attorneys, and staff, Seattle Municipal Court will be closed to the public on Friday, December 23, 2022, except for in-custody arraignments at the King… [ Keep reading ]

Hon. Faye R. Chess Elected Seattle Municipal Court Presiding Judge Effective January 1, 2023, Hon. Andrea Chin to Serve as Assistant Presiding Judge

On Friday, December 2nd, a majority of the Seattle Municipal Court (SMC) judges elected Honorable Faye R. Chess to serve as Presiding Judge and Honorable Andrea Chin to serve as Assistant Presiding Judge for a two-year term, effective January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2024. Honorable Willie Gregory remains the… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Anita Crawford-Willis Awarded Outstanding Judge Award from Washington State Bar Association

On September 23, 2022, Seattle Municipal Court Judge Anita Crawford-Willis was awarded the Outstanding Judge Award at the Washington State Bar Association’s 2022 APEX Awards. The APEX Awards (Acknowledging Professional Excellence) honor outstanding legal professionals and organizations and recognize their contributions to the legal profession, the law, and their communities. “Judge… [ Keep reading ]

Hon. Willie Gregory to Step Down as Seattle Municipal Court Presiding Judge; Hon. Adam Eisenberg to Become Presiding Judge Effective July 5, 2022

Hon. Faye R. Chess to Serve as Assistant Presiding Judge Honorable Adam Eisenberg will become Seattle Municipal Court’s (SMC) Presiding Judge effective today, July 5, 2022. Presiding Judge Willie Gregory announced that he has made a personal decision to step down from the Presiding Judge role. Honorable Faye R. Chess… [ Keep reading ]

Scam Alert: Caller Claiming to be Seattle Municipal Court Marshal

We received notice that a party claiming to be a Seattle Municipal Court Marshal is calling residents about court warrants and requesting money. If you receive a call like this, it is a scam. SMC Marshals will never call you about a warrant or to request money. Information on how… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Municipal Court Judges Issue En Banc Ruling in Response to Washington State Toxicology Lab Methamphetamine Contamination Motion

Seattle Municipal Court (SMC) judges have ruled that the court will suppress all blood toxicology results for amphetamine and methamphetamine if the tests were conducted by the Washington State Toxicology Lab (“Tox Lab”) in its Main Lab or the Annex between March 2018 and October 2021. This ruling (PDF) does… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Municipal Court FAQ on court business during COVID-19

Español | 简体中文 | На русском | Soomaali | Tiếng Việt Disputing a ticket To request a hearing to contest or mitigate your ticket, follow the instructions on the back of your ticket and submit it by mail, or call (206) 684-5600 Monday-Tuesday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Wednesday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. A hearing notice will be mailed to… [ Keep reading ]