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General Information

 
Do not appear in court if you are ill, experiencing flu like symptoms, including but not limited to COVID-19, or have recently been exposed to someone positively diagnosed with COVID-19.  Please contact your attorney or the court at FW.Court@cityoffederalway.com to reschedule your court date.  Face coverings are highly recommended to enter the courthouse.  Please be aware that if you choose not to wear one, you will still need to have one available; some staff or attorneys may request that you wear one while you are in close proximity.
 
 
Criminal Hearings in Court
 
Court is conducting  hearings in person and via Zoom conferencing.  If you fail to appear in person or via Zoom for your hearing, a warrant may be issued for your arrest.
If you have not received a Zoom meeting number and password, then you are expected to appear in person.  We will be enforcing six foot social distance and you must wear a mask.  Please contact FW.Court@cityoffederalway.com if you have any health concerns about appearing in open court.
Please contact your defense attorney or Hawkins Crawford Defense at 253-344-1519
 
Infraction Hearings
 
Infraction hearings are in person and also taking place via Zoom.  Your meeting number and password should be on your notice of court date.
If you have not received a Zoom meeting number and password, then you are expected to appear in person.  It is strongly recommended that you wear a mask.  Please contact FW.Court@cityoffederalway.com if you have any health concerns about appearing in open court.
Please email FW.Court@cityoffederalway.com  to request a meeting number and passcode, request a continuance or submit a written statement. 
 
Payments
 
The Court clerks are authorized to extend payments due dates for 90 days Please contact the court to discuss payment arrangements if needed.
 
•             The court encourages online or phone payments.
•             Offical Payments Link (Click Here).
•             or by phone 1-800-272-9829 Jurisdiction code 5691.

Probation

Probation conditions are ongoing and are NOT suspended.  You are still obligated to comply with all probation and court conditions. Please contact them at 253-835-3023 or email at probation@cityoffederalway.com with any questions.

 

 

About the Court

The Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction. The Municipal Court judge is authorized by Washington State statute to preside over the following types of cases: 
 
  • Traffic infractions
  • Criminal and gross misdemeanors
  • Civil vehicle impound hearings
The Municipal Court does not hear small claims or civil cases, change names or issue passports. The court strives to be an asset to the community through other programs that benefit the community. 
Mission
The Federal Way Municipal Court provides an accessible forum for individuals to resolve issues and to settle disputes in a fair, courteous and dignified way in accordance with due process of law.

 
 
Electronic Filing of Documents
You can electronically file documents with the court or probation on this website or by email or fax.  
 
Mediation
Our court and the Dispute Resolution Center of King County entered into an agreement to allow low cost mediations to take place at our local court.  This allows you to resolve disputes right here in Federal Way using trained mediators.  Click here for more information or call (206) 443-9603 and press menu item #1 or toll free at (888) 803-4696 and press menu item #1.
 
Videos & Documents:

Addiction and mental health forum -  December 11 - (link here)

KC Municipal Courts Language Assistance Plan 2022 (LAP) – PDF

 
 
 
Department: 

Contact

Tiziana Giazzi
Court Administrator

Email

David A. Larson
Judge

Judge David A. Larson

E. Bradford Bales
Judge

Judge Brad Bales

Federal Way Municipal Court
33325 8th Ave. S., Suite 102
Federal Way, WA  98003-6325

Ph: 253.835.3000
Fx: 253.835.3020

Email: MC.MuniCrt@cityoffederalway.com

Hours

Court Lobby:      Monday-Friday

                                8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Court Phones:   Monday – Thursday

                                8:30 am – 12:00 pm

                                1:00 pm – 4:30 pm