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Seattle Courthouses

Last updated: October 25, 2013

Seattle. It’s an eclectic, and often times rainy, city. As a major coastal port destination and the seat of King County, it’s the largest city in the Pacific Northwest.

The “Emerald City” has it all: a wealth of history -- think “Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold!,” as newspaper headlines shouted out during the Gold Rush, a beloved football team whose enthusiasm stretches decibel levels, The Seahawks, and a bustling music scene. There’s also some obscure coffee franchise with a 16th century Norse woodcut of a twin-tailed mermaid as it’s corporate logo.

If you’re a “Seattleite” living in King County, you know there are several of courthouses in the area. If you have a criminal, civil, probate or family law matter, it’s probably in the District Court.  

State Courts

  • Washington Court of Appeals, Division 1

    600 University Street
    One Union Square

    WA 98101

    Tel: (206) 464-7750

    Parking: Parking is very limited, although there are several pay lots. You are strongly encouraged to take public transportation.

    Note: The state appellate court is divided into three divisions. Division I hears appeals from Island, King, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties only. If you are requesting an appeal, call the courthouse directly or seek legal assistance.

  • King County Superior Court

    516 Third Avenue
    WA 98104

    Tel: (206) 477-1400 Superior Court<br>Tel: (206) 205-9200 District Court

    Parking: Parking is limited, although there are several pay lots and bike racks in the area. You are strongly encouraged to take public transportation.

    Divisions: Superior and District Court Divisions

    Note: Here is a useful guide to the Seattle courts. This court is located in the heart of downtown. Check out Pike Place Market if you are here during lunch.

  • Seattle Municipal Court, King County Correctional Facility

    500 Fifth Avenue
    WA 98104

    Tel: (206) 296-1234

    Parking: The facility's entrance is located at the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and James Street. A variety of public parking facilities are located in the immediate area.

    Division: Limited number of district court cases.

  • King County District Court: East Division

    585 112th Avenue S.E.
    WA 98004

    Tel: (206) 205-9200

    Parking: Consider taking public transportation.

    Divisions: Criminal, Civil

    Note: This courthouse serves the eastern portion of Kings County, specifically Bellevue and Beaux Arts.

  • Maleng Regional Justice Center

    401 Fourth Avenue North
    WA 98032

    Tel: (206) 477-2600

    Parking: Free parking is available in a parking garage on the Maleng Regional Justice Center (MRJC) property. Parking is limited, and the garage often fills by 8:30am. If the garage is full, overflow parking is available at the ShoWare Center located on James Street directly across from the entrance to the MRJC. Consider taking public transportation.

    Division: Juvenile

    Note: If your child is housed in juvenile detention, click here for more information.

  • Youth Services Center (Juvenile Court)

    1211 East Alder Street
    WA 98122

    Tel: (206) 205-9500

    Parking: Limited free parking is available in the Youth Services Center parking lot, in front of the building. There’s also free two-hour parking on the streets located near the Youth Service Center.

    Division: Juvenile

    Note: Seattle's International District is about 3 blocks south on 12th Avenue. There are several restaurants and cafes in that area.

  • Mental Illness Court (Harborview Medical Center)

    Ninth and Jefferson Building
    908 Jefferson Street

    WA 98104

    Tel: (206) 296-4641

    Parking: Pay parking is available under the Ninth and Jefferson Building. (Access is from Terry Avenue on the east side of the building.) Limited street parking is available nearby, but most is metered or restricted in duration.

    Division: Civil Commitments

    Note: This court handles civil commitments only. The King County District Court’s Mental Health division or the Municipal Court’s Mental Health Division handles criminal cases.

  • Seattle Municipal Court, Seattle Justice Center

    600 Fifth Avenue
    WA 98104

    Tel: (206) 684-5600

    Parking: Strongly consider taking public transportation.

    Division: Parking, Traffic, Criminal, Municipal Code Violations, Mental Health

    Note: If you are serving on a jury here, the court will not reimburse you for parking.

Federal Courts

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