Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA) Court
In the event of inclement weather or other city / county emergency, call 206-477-1400 to learn if the court is closed or running on a delayed schedule.
The Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA) Court at Harborview Medical Center handles petitions for court-ordered mental health treatment which is not part of a criminal case. Under Washington Law, mentally disordered persons may be civilly committed to hospital or treatment settings, if a Superior Court judicial officer (judge or commissioner) finds that they pose a threat to themselves or others due to exhibited symptoms of mental illness. Each year roughly 4000 involuntary commitment petitions are filed in King County Superior Court.
Please Note: This court is not the same as King County District Court's Mental Health Court or Seattle Municipal Court's Mental Health Court. Those courts handle criminal cases. Superior Court handles civil commitments.
Contact / Visit the ITA Court
- To check in for a hearing or if you have been issued a subpoena, please call 206-744-7774.
- To obtain records of ITA Court proceedings, contact the Superior Court Clerk's Office at 206-296-9300 or email DJA.CustomerServiceEmail@kingcounty.gov.
- To visit the ITA Court, click HERE for directions.
The King County Department of Public Defense provides legal services to people committed to a mental health or substance abuse facility against their will. Contact DPD at (206) 477-9727 for more information.
You can find helpful court forms in the ITA Court Forms directory.
The King County Courthouse (Seattle) 3rd Avenue entrance is closed due to construction. It will remain closed through July 26. Please use the 4th Avenue entrance on the west side of 4th Avenue. Visitors can also use the King County Administration Building to enter the courthouse. Enter the Admin Building on 4th Avenue or 5th Avenue and take the elevator to "T" Tunnel.