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Seattle Municipal Court Presiding Judge Issues Order Establishing En Banc Panel Related to Expired Blood Vials

On May 20, 2024, Seattle Municipal Court (SMC) Presiding Judge Faye R. Chess issued an order on criminal motion regarding expired blood vials, having determined this issue to be of citywide significance per Seattle Municipal Court Local Rule, SMCLR 8.2.4. Per the order, an en banc panel of SMC Judges Catherine… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Municipal Court Hosts Judges and Journalists from The Republic of North Macedonia  

Seattle Municipal Court visited by delegation of judges and journalists from the Republic of North Macedonia as part of study visit.

SMC to reinstate electronic payment transaction fee December 1, 2023

Beginning December 1, 2023, Seattle Municipal Court will reinstate a $3.60 transaction fee for payments made by credit or debit card by phone or via the court’s website to recoup associated payment processing expenses including bank fees. This transaction fee has been suspended since March 2020 to help individuals during… [ Keep reading ]

Community Resource Center Updates – October 2, 2023

In this week’s Community Corner newsletter: And more! Read the October 2, 2023, newsletter.

New Videos Released to Help Individuals Navigate Seattle Municipal Court Processes

Seattle Municipal Court (SMC) has developed three explainer videos as additional tools for guiding court-involved individuals through court processes and procedures. At SMC, we understand that receiving a ticket or being summoned to court can be a stressful time, and that court processes may be difficult to navigate. We are… [ Keep reading ]

Watch Seattle Municipal Court Probation Webinar: We’ve Evolved!

On August 25, 2023, Presiding Judge Faye R. Chess and Probation Manager Jason Grant discussed successes and insights from the Court’s three-year Probation Evolution Project, which focused on improving client outcomes and addressing disproportionate impacts on women and people of color. Judge Chess and staff then answered questions from the… [ Keep reading ]

Community Resource Center Updates – September 11, 2023

In this week’s Community Corner newsletter: And more! Read the September 11, 2023, newsletter.

Josh Sattler Selected as Court Administrator, Seattle Municipal Court

Seattle, Wash.– Seattle Municipal Court (SMC) is pleased to announce Josh Sattler has been selected as the next court administrator. As court administrator, Sattler leads the administrative and operational functions of the court. He was appointed by Presiding Judge Faye R. Chess on May 7, 2023, and his appointment was… [ Keep reading ]

Register Now for Seattle Municipal Court’s Probation Webinar: “We’ve Evolved!”

Please join Seattle Municipal Court on Friday, August 25, 2023, at 12 p.m. for a Probation Evolution webinar. Presiding Judge Faye R. Chess and Probation Manager Jason Grant will discuss successes and insights from the Court’s three-year Probation Evolution Project, which focused on improving client outcomes and addressing disproportionate impacts… [ Keep reading ]

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