This is the official web site of the Seattle Municipal Court.
The Office of Hearing Examiner is a separate and independent office of the City created by the Seattle Municipal Code. The Office is charged with conducting fair and impartial administrative hearings, when authorized by the Code, to review the actions of various City departments. The Hearing Examiner’s decision in a case is usually the City’s final decision.
This link leads to a PDF document that discusses the procedures for sealing criminal juvenile court records. It was written by staff at the Juvenile Court Department of King County Superior Court and also includes sample forms.
This link leads to the portion of the Northwest Justice Project’s YouTube channel dealing with rental housing in Washington State. It includes videos discussing evictions, tenant screening, repairs and security deposits. It also includes videos in English and Spanish.
This link leads to the portion of the Northwest Justice Project’s YouTube channel dealing with public benefits and economic security. It includes videos in English and Spanish.
This link leads to a PDF handbook prepared by Sofia Salazar-Rubio and the honorable Mary I. Yu describing the typical court documents you need to understand as you prepare for your day in court. It includes the following samples: a Complaint, an Answer, a Declaration, a Note for Motion and a Proposed Order. It also includes a checklist for bringing your claim to court, instructions for completing a Motion and Order to Proceed In Forma Pauperis and a legal glossary. The handbook is designed to be used in conjuction with the companion video “Your Day in Court”.
Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit statewide law firm that provides free civil legal assistance and representation to low-income people and communities throughout Washington State. Its mission is to secure justice through high quality legal advocacy that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities.
The King County Bar Association’s Neighborhood Legal Clinics provide free 30-minute consultations with volunteer attorneys at 37 locations across King County. Attorneys determine whether the client has a legal problem, suggest possible options, and provide appropriate referrals. These attorneys will not represent you in court. NLC attorneys may not have expertise in all areas of the law, but they will make every attempt to answer questions accurately.
This web link includes the following forms needed to start and complete a legal separation in Washington State.
The Family Law Facilitator Program at King County Superior Court provides information and referrals to family law litigants who are not represented by attorneys. Litigants may meet with a facilitator on a walk-in basis (walk-ins are first come, first served, and sign-in will end 30 minutes prior to closing or once capacity is reached) or by pre-scheduled appointment (for document review or if an interpreter is required).