Seattle Municipal Court guidance for members of the public in response to COVID-19

Seattle Municipal Court is taking precautions to maintain a safe and healthy court environment for all visitors and staff in response to COVID-19. We actively coordinate with other governmental and public health agencies to ensure that we are following up to date guidance in our response.

As the situation is quickly evolving, we will keep constituents informed on our website, social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and through messaging on our main customer service line at (206) 684-5600.

Janitorial staff are more frequently disinfecting doors and handles, elevator buttons and surfaces in public areas of the courthouse. Visitors are encouraged to make use of the hand sanitizer dispensers located in the 1st floor lobby and other locations throughout the courthouse.

As always, wash your hands often, avoid touching your face, and cover coughs and sneezes. Additional guidance on how to protect yourself and others is available from Public Health – Seattle and King County.

Members of the public are encouraged to stay home if they are feeling sick. If you have court business but are experiencing symptoms such as cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, here is what to do in order to notify the court:

What if I have a hearing to contest or mitigate my ticket?

You can mitigate or contest your ticket without coming to court through a process called adjudication by mail. To adjudicate by mail, request a hearing with the court, then submit your written statement online, by fax, or by mail.

If you have a scheduled hearing that you are missing due to health concerns, please call our customer service line at (206) 684-5600 during business hours to speak to a representative. Let them know whether you would like to have your hearing by mail or reschedule your in-person hearing.

If you choose to have a hearing by mail, the customer service representative will give you a due date for when your written statement needs to be submitted. If you choose to reschedule your in-person hearing, the representative will help you reschedule.

What if I need to pay a ticket or fine?

You can pay tickets online, by phone, or by mail. If you would like to pay a ticket by phone, call (206) 233-7000 to pay using a Visa or MasterCard.

If you cannot pay a ticket or fine, please call our customer service line at (206) 684-5600 to learn about other options such as setting up a payment plan.

What if I need to report for day reporting?

If you are sick but need to meet day reporting obligations, please call your regular point of contact with the court, or call (206) 615-0705 as soon as possible to discuss options for meeting your obligations.

If you call during business hours but your call goes to
voicemail, please leave a message clearly stating your name and a number to
reach you at. It’s important that you arrange a reporting plan with the court.

What if I have an appointment with my probation counselor?

Please contact your probation counselor as soon as possible if you are unable to make an appointment.

What if I have a hearing for a criminal case?

If you are the defendant in the case, contact your attorney
as soon as possible if you are sick and unable to come to your hearing. Your
attorney will contact the court.

Attorneys: If you or your client are sick, contact opposing counsel and the court to request a continuance. You can do this via the online portal or by emailing the courtroom if you are unable to come to court to make the request at the hearing. 

What if I have jury duty?

If you are sick and unable to report, please contact our Jury Coordinator by emailing [email protected] or by phone at (206) 684-5688.

Potential jurors in higher risk categories of severe illness should contact the court to reschedule their jury service. People at higher risk include:

  • People 60 and older
  • People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
  • People who have weakened immune systems
  • People who are pregnant

If you are in any of these higher risk groups, please email [email protected] or call (206) 684-5688 to reschedule your service.