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Seattle Municipal Court Presiding Judge Willie Gregory Receives Innovating Justice Award From Washington Courts

Today, Seattle Municipal Court (SMC) Presiding Judge Willie Gregory was honored by Washington State Courts for exceptional leadership in helping courts deliver innovative and responsive justice using a race equity lens during the COVID-19 crisis by receiving the Innovating Justice Award. Judge Gregory was elected to the position of Presiding… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Municipal Court requires remote hearings for most out-of-custody criminal and infraction cases

Seattle Municipal Court (SMC) is requiring remote hearings for most out-of-custody criminal cases and infraction hearings, effective Wednesday, December 16, 2020, until further order of the court. People with criminal or contested infraction hearings will attend their hearing by video or by phone. Non-contested infraction hearings will continue to be… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Municipal Court suspends jury trials and some out of custody arraignments until early 2021

Due to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in Seattle and King County, Seattle Municipal Court (SMC) is suspending jury trials through March 3, 2021, in accordance with General Administrative Order 2020-13. Out of custody arraignment appearances set for Intake hearings in Courtroom 302 are also suspended until February 3,… [ Keep reading ]

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 after a unanimous recommendation from a Judicial Evaluation Committee,… [ 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 ]