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Presiding Judge: Laura Inveen

Chief Administrative Officer: Paul Sherfey

King County Superior Court is a general jurisdiction trial court with responsibility for:
  • Civil matters involving more than $300, unlawful detainers, and injunctions;
  • Felony criminal cases;
  • Misdemeanor criminal cases not otherwise provided for by law;
  • Family law, including dissolutions, child support, adoptions, parentage, and domestic-violence protection matters;
  • Probate and guardianship matters;
  • Juvenile offender matters;
  • Juvenile dependencies, including abused and neglected children, children in need of services, at-risk youth, and truancies;
  • Mental illness and involuntary commitment matters.

In September 2014, the court approved a new Strategic Agenda. The goals of the court are organized into five 'Strategic Focus Areas':

  1. Access, Services, and Programs that Promote Justice
  2. Case Management and Caseflow
  3. Public Understanding and Intergovernmental Relations
  4. Operational Infrastructure
  5. Work Environment and Workforce Development

Objectives are clustered under each goal.

Since the plan was adopted, the court has been pursuing a variety of 'Strategic Initiatives' to help implement the plan. Teams of judges and staff work to carry out these initiatives.

Read Superior Court's Strategic Agenda to learn more.

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  • King County Superior Court judicial opinions are available through the Clerk's Office.

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Superior Court welcomes volunteers in the following program areas. If you would be interested in serving as a volunteer with Superior Court, please contact the program you would be most interested in serving.

When a child must be removed from his or her home due to allegations of abuse or neglect, the court has a special responsibility to ensure that the child receives the best possible care. Dependency CASAs – Court Appointed Special Advocates – are trained volunteers who serve as “the eyes and ears” of the court. Each CASA meets regularly with the child assigned to him or her, and also meets with significant figures in the child’s life. The CASA then advises the court on how best to meet the child’s needs.

Roughly 350 CASAs serve 1000 children in the CASA program, and the program routinely seeks new volunteers. If you would like to learn more about being a CASA, please watch the videos below and visit the Dependency CASA webpage.

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Many juveniles referred to Juvenile Court are first- or second-time offenders who have committed low-level offenses, such as shoplifting, minor vandalism, or possession of alcohol. These youth may be eligible for an alternative to the formal court process called “diversion.” Youth in the diversion program meet with a Community Accountability Board (CAB) made up of community volunteers. The CAB and the youth make an agreement outlining what the youth must do to repair any damage associated with his or her behavior. This may include restitution to the victim, community service, counseling, and other options.

150 volunteers serve roughly 1200 youth each year on 17 CABs around King County. If you would like to learn more about serving as a CAB volunteer, please watch the video below and visit the Diversion – Partnership for Youth Justice webpage.

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Juvenile Justice 101 is a program designed to help parents and youth understand the Juvenile Court process. “Family Partners” – volunteer parents of youth who have been through the Juvenile Court -- staff the program. If you are the parent of a youth who has been through the court and think you might like to volunteer, please watch the video below and visit the Juvenile Justice 101 webpage.

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Parents for Parents is a program designed to help parents whose children have been removed from their care by Child Protective Services (CPS) or whose children are in an in-home dependency. The program connects "Parent Allies" – parents who have successfully navigated the juvenile dependency court system – with parents who are involved with the system. The Parent Allies provide support and help parents new to the system understand what they must do to successfully to reunite with their children.

If you are a parent who has successfully navigated the dependency system and think you might like to volunteer, please watch the video below and visit the Parents for Parents webpage.

Superior Court lists all current job openings on King County's Job Information Webpage. Please visit that webpage for information on all employment opportunities with Superior Court.

When applying for a position in Superior Court, you must complete a Superior Court Job Application. All job application materials must be submitted to Superior Court as described in the job application form.