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The Council's Law and Justice Committee considers and makes recommendations on policies relating to law, safety, criminal justice and emergency management programs, including those related to: public safety; adult detention; juvenile justice and youth services; superior and district courts; judicial administration; prosecuting attorney; public defense; emergency medical services; office of law enforcement oversight; bail reform; pretrial services; alternatives to incarceration; and civil rights

The committee shall also consider the implementation of appropriate labor agreements

In the areas within the committee's purview, the committee tracks state and federal legislative action and develops recommendations on policy direction for the biennial budget.

PUBLIC NOTICE: The Law and Justice Committee meetings will be held virtually until further notice. To help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus the chambers will be closed and all committee members and staff will be participating in the meeting remotely. The live feed of the video conference will be streaming on the King County Council's website and on KCTV channel 22. At this time, opportunities to provide public comment are limited to submitting written comment or by calling in to the meeting conference telephone line provided below to provide oral comments related to the items on the committee's agenda.

HOW TO PROVIDE PUBLIC COMMENT: The Law and Justice Committee values community input and looks forward to hearing from you on agenda items.

There are two ways to provide public comment:

  1. In writing: You may comment in writing on agenda items by submitting a COMMENT FORM using the link below. If your comments are submitted before 8:00 a.m. on the day of the Law & Justice Committee meeting, your comments will be distributed to the committee members and appropriate staff prior to the meeting.

Click Here to Submit Written Public Comment or email

  1. Orally during the meeting by phone: You may provide oral public comment during the meeting by calling into the committee meeting using the telephone number, meeting identification and password below. You are not required to sign-up in advance, but those who do so will be called on at the beginning of the comment period in accordance with the usual practice. During this period of virtual meetings, public comment will be limited to items on the meeting agenda.

Click Here to Sign-Up to Provide Oral Comment at the Meeting via Calling-In (The advance sign-up option will close at 9:00 a.m. on the day of the meeting)

The phone number to join the council meeting is 1 253-215-8782 , Meeting ID is 923 3455 9878 and the Password  is  244944

If you do not wish to be called upon for public comment during the meeting, please help us manage the callers and use one of the options below (Live Streaming or King County TV Channel 22).

You have the right to language access services at no cost to you. To request these services, please contact our Language Access Coordinator, Reeni Nair at 206-477-4978, or by 9:00 a.m. the day prior to the meeting.


HOW TO LISTEN TO THE MEETING: There are two ways to listen to the meeting if you don't wish to provide public comment:

  1. Stream online via the link below

Click Here to Watch Online Live Streaming Video of the Meeting

  1. Watch King County TV Channel 22


Meeting Times: Special meetings to be determined.

Chair: Girmay Zahilay
Vice Chair: Kathy Lambert
Members: Rod DembowskiReagan Dunn, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Dave Upthegrove

Committee Staff: 
Lead Staff: Nick Bowman
Committee Assistant: Marka Steadman

Meeting Materials for the Law and Justice Committee

Listed below are the meeting materials for the Law and Justice Committee. The meeting materials available before each meeting are combined into one PDF document and posted below under Meeting Agendas and Materials. On occasion, not all materials will be available before the meeting. Additional materials for the meeting are posted as they become available.

Please help us save paper by selecting only the section(s) of the document you need to print.

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