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Coronavirus and Court Closures

Coronavirus and Your Case

Amdist the growing concerns and spread of the COVID-19 virus, it is important that you take extra precaution in every facet of your life.  To that end, if you are concerned about exposure, or feel ill, please contact your attorney immediately if you have court or an in office appointment scheduled in the near future.  

Governor Inslee and the State Supreme Court have issued several orders regarding public meetings, all of which are designed to limit congtagious or infectious environments.  To that end, several District and Municipal Courts have suspended operations for the time being.  This is only a partial list and you should check back here regularly as updates are received.  Many of these closures and/or dates are subject to change.  

Court Closures (As of March 14, 2020):

Seattle Municipal Court: 

Court operations have been suspended until at least April 13th.  This includes all non-essential hearings.  In custody hearings, protection order hearings and all "mandatory" meetings will still occur.  "Mandatory" hearings DOES NOT INCLUDE typical pretrial conference, arraignments, readiness hearings or sentencing review hearings typical to CKK clients.  You can read the Court's Order here.   

King County Superior Courts:

Have suspended all non-essential operations until April 24th.  There is no jury duty during this time.  Certain matters, necessary for the administration of justice, will occur as scheduled.  You can read the entire Court Order here.

King County District Courts: 

Have suspended all non-essential operations until further notice.  The Court will be mailing notices to all defendants with new court dates.  For current clients of CKK, unless you are currently in custody, your court date has been postponed.  Please maintain regular contact with our law firm so that we can keep you apprised of changes in the schedule and new court dates.  

Kirkland Municipal Court:

Effective Monday, March 16 - March 27, 2020, the court will reschedule all hearings except for mandatory DV/DUI charges (which must be heard the next judicial day) and in-custody defendants.  The Court will tentatively resume normal operations on 3/30/20. The court will remain open for business and all court staff should report to work as usual, unless otherwise authorized.

Snohomish County District Courts: 

Most Court hearings are suspended until April 24th, with several exceptions:  

  • All currently set jury readiness hearings will go forward however a Defendant' s presence may be waived.
  • All arraignments for either DUI or Domestic Violence offense will go forward as scheduled.  Arraignment or all other offense will be rescheduled.  
  • All protection order hearings will move forward as scheduled.  
  • All in custody hearing will move forward as scheduled.  

You can read the Court's Emergency Order here.

Bothell Municipal Court:

Will restart its operations on Monday, March 16th.

Edmonds Municipal Court:

Closed until further notice.  You can read the Court's order here.

Issaquah Municipal Court:

Has suspended operations until March 30th, with just a few exceptions.  You can learn more here.  

Lake Forest Park Municipal Court:

Has suspended all non-essential operations until April 20th.  You can learn more here.

Mercer Island Municipal Court:

Has suspended all non-essential operations until April 24th.  You can read the Court's Order here.

Pierce County Superior and District Courts:

Have suspended all non-essential operations until April 24th.  

(New) Kitsap County:

All hearings set between now and April 24th are being continued 90 days from the currently scheduled court date.  

Please maintain regular contact with our office so that we can keep you apprised of changes in the schedule and new court dates.  In the meantime, we at CKK ask that you take all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of you and your entire family.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact your attorney immediately.  

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