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King County Courthouse

King County Courthouse

Location, hours and directions


516 Third Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104


Phone: 206-477-1400
Fax: 206-296-0986
TTY: 206-205-5048


Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except for holidays. King County Superior Court is also closed on non-judicial days.

Security screening

You will pass through a security screening checkpoint as you enter the King County Courthouse. Certain items may not be brought into the facility and must be left with security personnel at the checkpoint before you enter. Please take a moment to watch our introductory video to the right and learn about the items prohibited from King County court facilities (63Kb Acrobat pdf). 

Accommodations for people with disabilities

If you have a disability, you may request an accommodation by completing a Request for Reasonable Accommodation form.  Instructions are included with the form.


Childcare is not available at the courthouse.


There is a snack shop on the first floor of the courthouse, and vending machines are available in jury assembly room on the first floor.  Many restaurants are close by.

Public transit options

Driving directions

From the south

  1. Take I-5 Northbound
  2. Take exit 164A, following signs to James Street.
  3. Take James Street exit
  4. Turn left on James Street
  5. Courthouse entrances are on Third and Fourth Avenues, just south of James.

From the north

  1. Take I-5 Southbound
  2. Take exit 165A toward James Street
  3. Continue on 6th Avenue
  4. Turn right on James Street
  5. Courthouse entrances are on Third and Fourth Avenues, just south of James.

From I-90 west

  1. Take I-90 Westbound
  2. Take exit 2C right, I-5 Northbound
  3. Take exit 165A toward James Street
  4. Continue on 6th Avenue
  5. Turn right on James Street
  6. Courthouse entrances are on Third and Fourth Avenues, just south of James.

Other maps and directions

Courthouse parking options

  1. Goat Hill parking garage (entrance on Jefferson Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues; street address is 415 6th Ave., Seattle; call 206-652-0849 for pricing (across the street from Chinook Building). King County employees receive discounted parking here.
  2. Seattle Public Library parking garage (entrance on Spring Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues; street address is 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; call 206-267-0446 for pricing
  3. Lots to north, south of parking garage.
  4. Metered street parking

Bicycle parking

Bike racks are available along the Fourth Avenue side of the Courthouse.  Additional bike racks are available across Fourth Avenue at the King County Administration Building.

Courthouse offices

Courthouse services

  • Legal defense
  • Fingerprints, background checks, Sheriff's Admin office
  • Resident complaints
  • Criminal, civil, small claims courts: name changes, jury duty, evictions, divorce, assault, DUI, theft, domestic violence, trespassing, impounding hearing request, State Patrol-issued tickets

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