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

Over 295,000 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 over 295,000 tickets that… [ Keep reading ]

Sign Up for New Seattle Ticket Debt Reduction Hearings

Seattle Municipal Court now offers ticket debt reduction hearings for people who can’t afford to pay their debt from Seattle parking, traffic, or camera tickets. You are eligible if you are: Low income Have debt from parking, traffic, or camera infraction tickets in Seattle Municipal Court that you can’t afford to… [ Keep reading ]

New Seattle Ticket Debt Reduction Hearings starting February 3, 2022

Starting February 3, 2022, Seattle Municipal Court will offer hearings for people who are low-income and can’t afford to pay their debt from overdue Seattle parking, traffic, or camera tickets. These hearings are an opportunity for people with ticket debt to speak with a court magistrate to request to reduce… [ Keep reading ]

Taking steps to reform legal fines and fees

One very important area of criminal justice reform is in legal financial obligations, or LFOs: fines, fees, costs and restitution imposed by the court. A recent report found that “people of color in Seattle were consistently charged with more fines and fees per capita than White people, across all types of cases,” as this Bloomberg… [ Keep reading ]