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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 (Updated Nov. 23, 2020):

Seattle Municipal Court: 

Seattle Municipal Court has been operating with limited capacity for in person hearings.  The Municipal Court is implementing a new video conference format via Webex effective November 12th.  Using the Seattle Municipal system will require an account via Cisco's Webex.  You can set that account up here.  Click here for more information about Seattle Municipal Court and their efforts during this pandemic.  

King County Superior Courts:

King County Superior Court is conducting nearly all out of custody hearings via Zoom.  Learn more right here.

King County District Courts: 

King County District Court is conducting nearly all out of custody hearings via Zoom.  Effective November 20, 2020, King County District Court have suspended all jury trials until at least January 11, 2021.  

Kirkland Municipal Court:

Kirkland Municipal Courts are conducting nearly all out of custody matters via Zoom.

Snohomish County District Courts: 

All divisions of the Snohomish County District Court are conducting all out of custody, non-testimonial hearings via Zoom.  You can access Snohomish County District Court's virtual courtrooms right here.

Bothell Municipal Court:

Will be conducting all matters via Zoom for the foreseeable future.  Virtual appearances in Bothell Municipal Court may be made right here.

Edmonds Municipal Court:

Edmonds Municipal court is currently conducting all hearing via Zoom.  Edmonds' virtual courtroom may be accessed right here.

Issaquah Municipal Court:

Issaquah Municipal Court is conducting most matters via Zoom and simulcasting it live via their YouTube channel.   

Lake Forest Park Municipal Court:

Lake Forest Park Municipal court is conducting all matters via Zoom at the current time.  These hearings are simulcast via the City's YouTube channel.  Learn more about Lake Forest Park's operations during the pandemic right 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:

Pierce County District Court will permit arraignments and disposition hearings via Zoom.  All other matters must be conducted in person at the Pierce County District Court.   

(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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