Community Court

Updated August 11, 2020

Due to budget reductions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, King County District Court has temporarily suspended Community Court in Burien until such time as the court is able to secure adequate funding to reopen.

The Burien Community Court program aims to help people who repeatedly cycle through the criminal justice system and build stronger and safer neighborhoods. In partnership with King County, this alternative problem-solving court goes beyond punitive actions to address the underlying challenges court participants’ face and help people help themselves.

This court works with individuals who have committed non-violent misdemeanors such a theft, shoplifting, trespassing, and other low-level offenses. Participants are presented alternatives to traditional punishments like fines, imprisonment, and probation and instead receive court directed community services they must pursue to have their case dismissed. Many of these services can be accessed through a community resource center that is open to the public and co-located with the community court.

Community court hearings and the community resource center occur every Monday at the Burien Community Center.