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Involuntary Treatment Act Court

The Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA) Court handles matters related to court-ordered mental health treatment which is not part of a criminal case.
Photo of the location of the Involuntary Treatment Act Court.

King County Superior Court is conducting all ITA hearings through video and telephonic appearances. Courtrooms, which are located at Harborview Medical Center, are open to the public whenever court is in session.

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.

How to get there

Take a bus with King County Metro's Online Trip Planner

The ITA Court is located in the Ninth and Jefferson Building (corner of Ninth Avenue and Jefferson Street) on the Harborview Medical Center campus, roughly 6 blocks east of the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle, and three blocks east of Interstate 5.

General driving and parking directions are on the UW Medicine-Harborview website


Ask for a specific accommodation by completing a Request for Reasonable Accommodation form (53KB)


When you arrive

Security screening

You will pass through a security screening station as you enter the courthouse.

Learn about the items prohibited from King County court facilities (63KB) 

Watch a video describing security screening at courthouse entryways


Get information on food, coffee, ATMs, and other amenities on the Harborview campus map (119KB).