A fraudulent email is being widely distributed around the U.S. with the subject line “Urgent court notice NR#73230” (or another random number) that claims the receiver is scheduled to appear in “the court of Washington” on January 17. The receiver is then instructed to open the attached court notice and read it thoroughly, and is warned about not appearing. This is a “malware” email and will download a virus to your computer if you open the attachment. Please delete the email immediately without opening it. This email did not originate with the Administrative Office of the Courts or any Washington courts, and neither AOC nor the Judicial Information System (JIS) have been impacted in any way. For some useful information and tips, visit the FBI E-Scams and Warnings site at http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/e-scams
A caller who claims to be with the county Sheriff’s Office has been telling citizens that they were summoned to jury duty but failed to appear and therefore have been fined. Some people have been told the fine is $1,000. THIS IS A SCAM AND NOT TRUE!
No one from the Sheriff’s Office or the court would call and ask for payment of a jury fine over the phone. Anyone who does not respond to a summons would be given a chance to explain his or her nonappearance to a judge before any fine is imposed.
District Court consolidates, restructures services in south King County
Newly-remodeled court area at Maleng Regional Justice Center opens September 9, temporary Renton location closes September 6
King County District Court is preparing to move into newly-remodeled space at the Maleng Regional Justice Center (MRJC) in Kent. Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on five new courtrooms this week. These courtrooms, along with an expanded court clerk's office, will allow District Court to achieve a long-term goal of consolidating services in Kent. The new courtrooms and clerk's office will open for business on September 9.
"We've improved access to justice for our residents by co-locating our operation with other agencies at the Maleng Regional Justice Center," said District Court Presiding Judge Corinna Harn. "Along with District Court, residents will be able to access services from Superior Court, the King County Prosecutor, and the public defender."
"I'm pleased to see the District Court's long-term vision finally realized," said King County Executive Dow Constantine. "This all started with the sale of the Aukeen Courthouse to the City of Kent a couple of years ago. That allowed Kent to avoid a costly and unnecessary construction project, and allowed King County to better serve our customers by consolidating several vital justice-related services in a single location."
District Court will use the new space at the MRJC to address criminal and civil matters filed with the court, including misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor criminal cases, anti-harassment orders, domestic violence protection orders, name changes, felony and misdemeanor preliminary hearings, and search warrants.
To accommodate the District Court move to Kent, the King County Sheriff's Office moved its Criminal Investigation Division to downtown Seattle. Along with Superior Court, prosecutor, and public defender services, the Justice Center will continue to house the King County Law Library, Superior Court's Jon and Bobbe Bridge Child Care Center, a King County Community Service Center, family law facilitators, and Housing and Justice Project clinics.
As part of the plan to open the new courtrooms at the MRJC, the temporary King County District Court location in Renton will close on September 6. Cases currently assigned to that location will move to the Burien Courthouse, located at 601 SW 149th St. The Burien location will also continue to hear all City of Burien cases, as well as civil litigation matters up to $75,000, small claims matters up to $5,000, vehicle tow and impound hearings, anti-harassment orders, domestic violence protection orders, name changes, infractions (traffic, non-traffic, and parking), garnishments and other supplemental proceedings, lien foreclosures, and forfeiture hearings.
Free garage parking is available at the Justice Center, but the District Court consolidation is expected to increase demand for space. Visitors and jurors are instead encouraged to park at the ShoWare Center, just north of the MRJC across James Street. 450 stalls have been set aside at the ShoWare Center for the public to use during daytime hours. For those who need ADA accessible parking, garage and surface spaces are available on the Justice Center campus. King County is working with the City of Kent to install signs directing visitors and jurors to the various parking options in the area. There are also several public transportation routes convenient for MRJC visitors. Go to metro.kingcounty.gov for a trip planner.
A public open house showcasing the remodeled facilities at the Maleng Regional Justice Center is planned for later this fall. For more information about District Court services, visit www.kingcounty.gov/courts/DistrictCourt.aspx or call 206-205-9200 or toll-free 1-800-325-6165 extension 59200.
Cases previously filed in Renton will now be handled at the Burien location, 601 SW 149th St, Burien. Misdemeanor cases previously handled in Burien will now be handled at Maleng Regional Justice Center, Room 1A, Kent. Additional information can be found: here.
King County District Court cases filed after January 1, 2005 are available in digital format on this site for a fee of 25 cents per page or they can be viewed at no cost at any one of our district court locations. Document processing times vary, therefore, if you do not see the document you are looking for, please check back later. To view records online using this site, you will need to establish a user account with a valid e-mail address and you will need to use either a credit card or eCheck for payment. To create a new account click "Create New User" in the logon box. If you have an account, please enter your e-mail address and password to begin.
A service charge of $1.49 for eCheck or credit card payments will be added. King County contracts with Link2Gov for all credit card transactions. Link2Gov charges a convenience fee which will be added during the document check out process. Link2Gov is not an office or department of King County government.
To access the site, click here.
Serving the citizens of King County
The King County District Court mission is to serve the public by providing an accessible forum for the fair, efficient, and understandable resolution of civil and criminal cases while maintaining an atmosphere of respect for the dignity of all individuals.
Our vision is to be the preferred forum in King County for the resolution of all cases of limited jurisdiction and to provide the highest quality of justice by:
- Protecting the public safety by providing resources to hold convicted offenders accountable for their actions,
- Working as an independent branch of government with other units of government to achieve common goals,
- Making effective use of taxpayers’ resources,
- Continuously ascertaining and responding to the needs and expectations of all Court users,
- Providing a uniform and predictable level of service,
- Providing efficient, convenient, and safe facilities,
- Seeking out and using modern technology and equipment,
- Serving as the coordinator for all the services necessary for an effective judicial system,
- Maintaining a diverse and professional workforce,
- Maintaining sentencing options and sentence offenders appropriately,
- Educating the justice system community, legislative, and executive agencies, and public about the court, and
- Respecting the diversity of the community.
In support of our mission and vision, the King County District Court has facilities throughout the county to better serve community needs.
For more information about forms, court rules and State laws, visit the King County Law Library (external link).
ALERT - Civil Ex Parte Update:
Effective 1/1/2011 - all District Court civil ex parte orders, including "walk-ins", are subject to a $20 civil ex parte fee. RCW 3.62.060 (9) To access GAO 10-123, click here