General Information about Superior Court
Presiding Judge: Patrick Oishi
Chief Administrative Officer: Linda Ridge
- 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.
In October 2019, the court approved a new 5-year Strategic Agenda. The goals of the court are organized into five 'Strategic Focus Areas':
- Access, Services, and Programs that Ensure Justice
- Case Management and Timely Resolution
- Funding the Core Responsibilities and Court Innovations
- Facilities, Security, and Technology Expansion/Improvements
- Judicial Officer/Staff Development and Workforce Engagement
Objectives are clustered under each goal.
Read Superior Court's Strategic Agenda to learn more.
The following rulings have been entered by judges of King County Superior Court:
- Memorandum and Order Granting Summary Judgment in Favor of Defendant City of Seattle and Intervenor Unite Here! Local 8 and Seattle Protects Women and Denying Summary Judgment of Plaintiffs American Hotel and Lodging Association, Seattle Hotel Association, and Washington Hospitality Association (June 9, 2017 - Judge Erlick)
- Opinion and Order Granting Defendant’s Rule 12(C) Motion For Judgment On The Pleadings (August 14, 2018 - Judge Scott)
High Profile Cases
- 15 Minutes - Superior Court Judge Bill Bowman (May 2017)
- Parents for Parents Program (March 2017)
- Family Intervention Restorative Services (December 2016)
- Restorative Mediation - Finding Justice Outside of a Courtroom (September 2016)
- 15 Minutes - Superior Court Judge Laura Inveen (June 2016)
- 15 Minutes - Superior Court Judge Dean Lum (June 2016)
- Children and Family Justice Center (February 2016)
- Remembering Judge Patricia Clark (November 2015)
- 15 Minutes - Superior Court Judge Beth Andrus (October 2015)
- 15 Minutes - Superior Court Judge Jim Rogers (September 2015)
- Recruiting CASAs of Color (August 2015)
- Recruiting CASAs Who Are Men (August 2015)
- New DNA Collection Protocol (August 2015)
- 15 Minutes - Superior Court Judge Wesley Saint Clair (August 2015)
- 15 Minutes - Superior Court Judge Lori Kay Smith (August 2015)
- 15 Minutes - Superior Court Judge Susan Craighead (August 2015)
- Simple Divorces can now be done mostly online (March 2015)
- King County Superior Court Calls for Community Dialog (February 2015)
- Thurgood Marshall and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (February 2015)
- Family Law Information Center (January 2015)
- Macklemore Helps Celebrate Drug Court's 20th Anniversary (October 2014)
- King County's Drug Court Celebrates 20 Years (October 2014)
- Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Taskforce (July 2014)
- Juvenile Justice 101 (July 2014)
- Foster Care Adoptions (February 2014)
- Juvenile Probation/Community Programs - ArtWorks/Auburn Mural (November 2013)
- Juvenile Probation/Community Programs - Youth Source/Chici Baby's (October 2013)
- Juvenile Drug Court (May 2013)
- eCourtroom (May 2013)
- Juvenile Probation/Community Programs - Pawsitive Works (December 2012)
- Juvenile Probation/Community Programs - The Avanza Program (September 2012)
- CASA: A Voice for Children (June 2012)
- Kids Closet (May 2012)
- Jury Debriefing Program (February 2012)
- Adult Drug Court (December 2011)
- 10th Annual National Adoption Day Short (December 2011)
- Juvenile Probation/Community Programs - Shoreline Fire Department (December 2011)
- Juvenile Probation/Community Programs - 10,000 Villages (November 2011)
- Juvenile Probation/Community Programs - ArtWorks (October 2011)
- Family Treatment Court (September 2011)
- Juvenile Dependency: Parent for Parent Program (November 2010)
- Juvenile Probation: Girls Group (May 2010)
- King County @ Your Service - Superior Court (February 2010)
- Step-Up Program (July 2009)
- Building Futures (June 2009)
- Partnership for Youth Justice - Juvenile Diversion (June 2009)
- Adoption Services (December 2008)
- Childcare Center (November 2008)
- Family Law Information Center (September 2008)
- YMCA Mock Trial Competition (April 2008)
- Interpreter Services (March 2007)
- Jury Duty (February 2007)
- Superior Court 101 (April 2006)
- LWV Forum: How Do We Get to Zero Youth Detention in King County - w/ Judges Inveen & Saint Clair (April 2017)
- 15th Annual National Adoption Day (November 2016)
- Juvenile Drug Court Graduation (June 2016)
- 2016 Reunification Day Celebration (June 2016)
- 14th Annual National Adoption Day (November 2015)
- 2015 Juneteenth Celebration - 1-Minute Highlights (June 2015)
- 2015 Juneteenth Celebration (June 2015)
- 13th Annual National Adoption Day (November 2014)
- 2014 Reunification Day Celebration (July 2014)
- 12th Annual National Adoption Day (November 2013)
- 2013 Reunification Day Celebration (June 2013)
- 11th Annual National Adoption Day (November 2012)
- 2012 Reunification Day Celebration (June 2012)
- Kid's Closet Open House (May 2012)
- 2011 Reunification Day Celebration (June 2011)
To view other King County programs, please visit King County TV's YouTube Channel.
- 2022 Annual Report
- 2021 Annual Report
- 2020 Annual Report
- 2019 Annual Report
- 2018 Annual Report
- 2017 Annual Report
- 2016 Annual Report
- 2015 Annual Report
- 2014 Annual Report
- 2013 Annual Report
- 2012 Annual Report
- 2011 Annual Report
- 2010 Annual Report
- 2009 Annual Report
- 2008 Annual Report
- 2007 Annual Report
- 2006 Annual Report
- 2005 Annual Report
- 2004 Annual Report
- 2003 Annual Report
- 2002 Annual Report
- 2001 Annual Report
- 2000 Annual Report
- 1999 Annual Report
- 1998 Annual Report
An archive of Juvenile Court Annual Reports also is available on the Juvenile Court webpage.
In June 2021, the King County Superior Court released a report on innovative business operations and insights developed during the COVID-19 pandemic, “The Response of the King County Superior Court to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned and Recommendations.”
Funded by the State Justice Institute and led by PRAXIS consultant Dr. Brenda Wagenknecht-Ivey, the report represents an 18-month assessment of the court’s operations during the pandemic, including a summary of new practices implemented, internal assessment of the impact of those practices, and outreach to stakeholders for their evaluation of selected practices and whether they should be continued as part of the court’s permanent business model.
Two versions of the report are available: a 116-page report, including appendices containing detailed data reporting and stakeholder comments, and a 30-page Executive Summary.
- Full report, "The Response of the King County Superior Court to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned and Recommendations"
- Executive Summary, "The Response of the King County Superior Court to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned and Recommendations"
- Executive Summary in booklet form, “The Response of the King County Superior Court to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned and Recommendations.”
Superior Court welcomes volunteers in the following program areas. If you would be interested in serving as a volunteer with Superior Court, please contact the program you would be most interested in serving.
When a child must be removed from his or her home due to allegations of abuse or neglect, the court has a special responsibility to ensure that the child receives the best possible care. Dependency CASAs – Court Appointed Special Advocates – are trained volunteers who serve as “the eyes and ears” of the court. Each CASA meets regularly with the child assigned to him or her, and also meets with significant figures in the child’s life. The CASA then advises the court on how best to meet the child’s needs.
Roughly 350 CASAs serve 1000 children in the CASA program, and the program routinely seeks new volunteers. If you would like to learn more about being a CASA, please watch the videos below and visit the Dependency CASA webpage.
Many juveniles referred to Juvenile Court are first- or second-time offenders who have committed low-level offenses, such as shoplifting, minor vandalism, or possession of alcohol. These youth may be eligible for an alternative to the formal court process called “diversion.” Youth in the diversion program meet with a Community Accountability Board (CAB) made up of community volunteers. The CAB and the youth make an agreement outlining what the youth must do to repair any damage associated with his or her behavior. This may include restitution to the victim, community service, counseling, and other options.
150 volunteers serve roughly 1200 youth each year on 17 CABs around King County. If you would like to learn more about serving as a CAB volunteer, please watch the video below and visit the Diversion – Partnership for Youth Justice webpage.
Juvenile Justice 101 is a program designed to help parents and youth understand the Juvenile Court process. “Family Partners” – volunteer parents of youth who have been through the Juvenile Court -- staff the program. If you are the parent of a youth who has been through the court and think you might like to volunteer, please watch the video below and visit the Juvenile Justice 101 webpage.
Parents for Parents is a program designed to help parents whose children have been removed from their care by Child Protective Services (CPS) or whose children are in an in-home dependency. The program connects "Parent Allies" – parents who have successfully navigated the juvenile dependency court system – with parents who are involved with the system. The Parent Allies provide support and help parents new to the system understand what they must do to successfully to reunite with their children.
If you are a parent who has successfully navigated the dependency system and think you might like to volunteer, please watch the video below and visit the Parents for Parents webpage.
Superior Court lists all current job openings on King County's Job Information Webpage. Please visit that webpage for information on all employment opportunities with Superior Court.
If you are applying for a King County Court Commissioner position, you must complete and submit three documents: a WSBA Release, Confirmation of Citizenship, and Washington State Patrol background check.