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King County Superior Court

King County’s General Jurisdiction Trial Court

Mental Illness Court (Harborview Medical Center)

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

Address:

Ninth and Jefferson Building
908 Jefferson Street
Seattle, WA 98104-2433
View a map of the Harborview Medical Center (PDF - external link)

To check in for a hearing or if you have been issued a subpoena, please call the Court Manager at 206-744-7774. 

To obtain records of Mental Illness Court proceedings, contact the Superior Court Clerk’s Office at 206-296-9300.

Days of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm

Holidays and Non-Judicial Days
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What is the Mental Illness Court?

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 nearly 2500 involuntary commitment petitions are filed in King County Superior Court.

PLEASE NOTE:  This court is not the same as King County District Court's Mental Health Court or Seattle Municipal Court's Mental Health Court.  Those courts handle criminal cases.  Superior Court handles civil commitments.

How to Get to There

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
The Ninth and Jefferson Building and the Mental Illness Court are handicap accessible and meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Security Screening
You will pass through a security screening checkpoint as you enter the Mental Illness courtroom suite within the Ninth and Jefferson Building.  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 learn about the items prohibited from King County court facilities.

Childcare
Childcare is not available at the Mental Illness Court.  If possible, it is best not to bring children when coming to the Mental Illness Court.

Food, Coffee, and Other Amenities
Get information on food, coffee, ATMs, and other amenities on the Harborview campus (external link).