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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 ]

Seattle Municipal Court Responds to Office of the City Auditor Assessment of Probation Services

The Seattle Municipal Court (SMC) thanks the Office of the City Auditor (OCA) for its thorough and thoughtful review of SMC Probation, a post-adjudication jail alternative in which counselors are paired with clients to support them as they meet court-ordered obligations. SMC participated in OCA’s assessment, released earlier today, with… [ Keep reading ]

In Memory of Judge Fred Bonner

It is with sadness we share that former Seattle Municipal Court Judge Fred Bonner has passed away. Judge Bonner had a long tenure with the court, serving from 1989–2014. He launched the first Community Court in Washington State and as a veteran, he was proud to help start our Veterans… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Municipal Court welcomes Court Administrator Meg McCann

Seattle Municipal Court (SMC) is pleased to welcome our new Court Administrator, Meg McCann, who will lead the administrative and operational functions of the court. Meg’s first day was June 1, 2021. As a government executive and lawyer, Meg brings a successful track record of delivering transformational change grounded… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Municipal Court to resume some in-person hearings May 21 and resume jury trials June 16

Beginning May 21, 2021, Seattle Municipal Court (SMC) will allow in-person appearances for all out-of-custody criminal cases and contested infraction hearings, in accordance with General Administrative Order 2021-02. Participants will still have the option to appear remotely for their hearing by video or by phone, unless directly ordered to appear in-person… [ Keep reading ]

Virtual hearings at Seattle Municipal Court

Seattle Municipal Court (SMC) implemented virtual hearings for criminal cases and contested infraction cases in fall 2020. Virtual hearings have allowed hundreds of cases to proceed throughout the winter and into 2021, so that court involved people can safely have their day in court despite the COVID-19 pandemic. People can… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Municipal Court implements virtual hearings for more out-of-custody arraignments, suspends jury trials through May 21, 2021

Seattle Municipal Court’s (SMC’s) Intake calendar, where many out-of-custody arraignments are held, will resume on March 3, 2021, with all hearings conducted virtually in accordance with General Administrative Order 2021-01. The court has been holding virtual out-of-custody arraignment hearings for mental health court, domestic violence, and driving under the influence… [ Keep reading ]