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Probation services

Learn what probation is and how it works.

What is probation? 

  • Probation is something the Court can order instead of more jail so that a person can work on the problems in their life that might lead them to commit crimes.
    • For example, Probation can work with people who have problems with mental health, alcohol or drug use, or domestic violence. 
  • Probation Officers meet with people to find out what things they need to work on.
  • Probation Officers can help people do the things the Court ordered them to do.
    • For example, Probation Officers can help a person find a place to do their community service hours, set up a treatment evaluation or class, or sometimes find ways to get their treatment paid for by free insurance. 
  • Probation Officers tell the Court what is going on with a case or a person, so that the judge knows whether the person is doing the things the Court ordered them to do.

What to expect at your probation intake

  • If the Court orders you to do “Active Probation,” you will meet with a Probation Officer at least once a month while you are on Probation.
  • Your first meeting with the Probation Officer is called an “intake appointment” and will last about 45 - 60 minutes.
    • At the meeting, you meet with your assigned probation officer. The Probation Officer will look at the Court’s Order with you, to help you understand what the Order says.
  • The Probation Officer will help guide you, so you know what you must do, and what your deadlines are.
  • While you are on Active Probation, you will also have to follow the rules of Probation.
    • Your Probation Officer will talk with you about those rules, and make sure you understand all the rules you must follow.


The links below are solely for your convenience. Inclusion on this list should not be construed as an endorsement by King County District Court Probation for any treatment provider or the services rendered.

Bellevue Probation

The City of Bellevue provides Probation services for Bellevue court cases heard in King County District Court. Visit Bellevue Probation Programs and Services for more information.