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Criminal cases - Superior Court

Learn more about criminal cases in Superior Court including calendars and forms.

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Pretrial Release

The court has adopted LCrR 3.2(b), effective December 8, 2020, regarding least restrictive conditions of release when the court determines an individual presents a likelihood of failing to appear. The court may consider the use of unsecured bond and the deposit of cash in lieu of the execution of bond.

What we do

The Criminal Department handles all adult criminal cases within King County Superior Court. A criminal case begins when someone is arrested and charged with a crime.

Criminal Department Manual (394KB)

Review the Seattle Criminal Department procedures and information (179KB) before contacting the department.


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