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Aerial photo of the Clark Children and Family Justice Center

Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC) houses Juvenile Court, Juvenile Detention, and a variety of related programs. It is located in the First Hill neighborhood, between 12th and 14th Avenues, one block south of East Jefferson Street, roughly five blocks east of Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Street Address:

1211 East Alder Street
Seattle, WA 98122-5593

Days and Hours of Operation:

Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm

Phone: (206) 263-8634

Days and Hours of Building Access:

Monday-Friday, 7:00am-5:00pm

Building Entrance

The pedestrian path to the CFJC entrance is in the middle of the block at 12th Avenue and East Alder.  This area remains under some construction including with partial covered protection on the walkway. 

How to Get There:  Google Maps Link
  • By Bus: Visitors are encouraged to use public transit as parking is limited. King County Metro routes 3 and 4 serve the area. Use Metro's Trip Planner for more detailed directions.
  • By Car: The CFJC is located on 12th Avenue between Jefferson Street and East Yesler Way. From I-5 North or South, take the James Street exit, travel east past Swedish Medical Center and Seattle University. Turn right on 12th Avenue and continue for a quarter-mile. The Youth Services Center is on the east side of 12th Avenue.
Parking information

Free visitor parking is available at the CFJC from 13th Avenue and East Remington Court.  The automatic gate will open as vehicles pull forward.  The gravel parking lot to the left of the driveway (northeast corner of the block) is free.  Also, there is free two-hour parking on the streets located near the CFJC. Please see the parking map for more detail.  The pedestrian path to the CFJC entrance is in the middle of the block at 12th Avenue and East Alder.

Bicycle Parking

Bicycle parking is available in front of the CFJC. The bicycle racks are located under the covered walkway, south of the main entrance doors.

Accommodations for People with Disabilities

If you have a disability, please complete a Request for Reasonable Accommodation form. The Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center meets the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Security Screening

This court has a security screening station. These items are prohibited from King County court facilities. Watch a video describing security screening at courthouse entryways.

Juvenile Court Rules of Conduct

The CFJC Childcare Center is currently closed.

  • Within walking distance: Going north on 12th Avenue, between E. Jefferson Street and E. Madison Street, there are many restaurants and cafes, many located across from Seattle University. Swedish Hospital - Cherry Hill, located on E. Jefferson at 16th Avenue, has a large cafeteria. 
Visiting Juvenile Detention

For additional information related to visiting youth in detention, view: Visiting Juvenile Detention.