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Superior Court jurisdiction

Learn more about King County Superior Court's purpose and approach as a general jurisdiction court.

King County Superior Court is a general jurisdiction trial court responsible 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.

Strategic agenda

In October 2019, the court approved a new 5-year Strategic Agenda. The goals of the court are organized into five 'Strategic Focus Areas':

  1. Access, Services, and Programs that Ensure Justice
  2. Case Management and Timely Resolution
  3. Funding the Core Responsibilities and Court Innovations
  4. Facilities, Security, and Technology Expansion/Improvements
  5. Judicial Officer/Staff Development and Workforce Engagement

Objectives are clustered under each goal.

Learn more about the Superior Court's Strategic Agenda